At South Center Eye Clinic in Tukwila, WA, cataracts are common. Cataracts can cause severe vision problems and require careful diagnosis and treatment. Our clinic's experienced providers can help patients understand the causes of cataracts, recognize the signs, diagnose, and find appropriate treatments to improve vision.
Cataracts form when proteins in the eye’s lens clump together and cause it to cloud over. Age is one of the primary causes of cataracts, but other factors, such as ultraviolet radiation exposure or certain medical conditions, may also lead to this condition. Symptoms associated with cataracts include
- Blurry or hazy vision
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions
- Double vision
- Faded colors
- Halos around lights
- Sensitivity to glare
If you notice any of the symptoms above, you must schedule an appointment with an optometrist immediately. Earlier treatment can help prevent vision loss and help you regain independent functioning. Diagnosing cataracts involves a comprehensive eye exam that includes visual acuity testing and a dilated examination. During the examination, our doctor will collect a detailed medical history, perform an intraocular pressure test, and check the health of your cornea and retina.
Treatment for Cataracts
Depending on the severity, cataracts are treated in several ways. If you're not experiencing vision loss, a more robust prescription lens may be all that is needed. We can use laser surgery to remove the cloudy lens in more severe cases. After surgery, recovery is relatively standard. You should expect to return home while still wearing your protective eye shields. You can remove the guards in a few days and resume normal activities. A few weeks after surgery, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to have the bandages removed.
What to Expect After Surgery
Most patients report enhanced vision following surgery. You can see much better because the cataract no longer clouds your vision. You can regain independence, and driving at night is much safer. You'll see the road clearly and know that your vision is restored. Activities like reading, walking, or watching television will be more enjoyable.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor
We encourage our patients to take charge of their eye care today. Cataracts are an eye condition treated with the latest technology, and you'll have our professionals by your side every step of the way. If you believe you're showing early symptoms, schedule an appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you here to get help from our optometry professionals. Call our office today at (206) 431-8770 to schedule an appointment.