Cataracts affect more than 24 million people over 40 years of age. Youngson Joe, OD at Galleria Vision Center provides diagnostic, preventive, and curative treatments for men and women living with cataracts in the Dallas, Texas area. Through meticulous health evaluations, Dr. Joe helps her patients minimize the risks of vision loss and eliminate unwanted complications. Go online or call the office today to book an initial cataracts consultation.
A cataract occurs when the clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy. Think of it as looking through a fogged-up window that creates difficulty reading, driving, or distinguishing details around you.
In most cases, cataracts are a progressive condition, meaning that you might not notice their symptoms or feel their impact immediately. Over time, however, cataracts will inevitably impact your vision. There are multiple types of cataracts:
This type of cataract affects the center of your eye’s lens, creating nearsightedness along the way. Over time, your lens turns increasingly yellow or brown, clouds your vision, and can even make colors difficult to distinguish.
Cortical cataracts impact the edges of your eye’s lens. They start off white and create wedge-shaped opacities on the edge of the lens. Eventually, these opacities will negatively impact the light passing through the center of the lens.
Starting in the back of the lens, posterior subcapsular cataracts progress quickly and immediately block the path of light. This affects your reading vision, your ability to see in bright light, and may even generate halos around lights at night.
As the name indicates, congenital cataracts refer to those you’re either born with or develop during childhood. These are often genetic or caused by an infection. Congenital cataracts don’t typically affect vision, though Dr. Joe recommends removing them if they start having adverse effects.
Cataracts might exhibit any of the following symptoms:
During your initial exam with Dr. Joe, she reviews your medical history and symptoms. She may perform any of the following comprehensive tests:
The most effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. You can speak with Dr. Joe about whether cataract surgery is right for you. There’s no rush to remove cataracts, though if you're experiencing severe vision, it might be your only option.
Surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial clear one. Galleria Vision Center performs these procedures in the office, allowing you to avoid the dreaded halls of a hospital.
Contact Galleria Vision Center today by phone or online to learn more about whether you might be affected by cataracts.