Cataracts FAQ from our Optometrists at Wichita Optometry
Our optometrists at Wichita Optometry diagnoses and monitors cataracts. When your cataract starts impacting your daily life, we can refer you to an eye surgeon, who performs cataract surgeries. After your surgery, we can perform all of your follow-up care.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is classified as a clouding of the lens in your eye. Normally, the lens is clear and allows light to flow through to your retina. When an eye has a cataract, the light cannot penetrate the lens fully. In severe cases, light cannot penetrate through the lens at all, resulting in partial or total blindness.
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
Cataracts cause slow vision loss. As the lens clouds, objects may appear hazy or dim. As the cataract develops, you may notice holes in your vision, sensitivity to bright lights, like direct sunlight, or progressive vision loss. In the early stages, cataracts can be treated with glasses or contacts to increase visual acuity.
Are there any risk factors that could increase the chances of my lens becoming cloudy?
Cataracts are considered an age-related disease. They generally start appearing after the age of 40, but most people do not notice a loss of vision until after the age of 60. They can also be the result of certain chronic diseases, like high blood pressure and diabetes. You may also be at an increased risk for a cataract if you have another eye ailment or have had a traumatic eye injury in the past. Excessive UV exposure, being overweight and smoking can also increase your risk of developing a cataract.
How does an eye exam with your eye doctor diagnose a cataract?
Comprehensive eye exams can help detect the presence of a cataract. Our optometrists will perform a visual acuity test to determine how well you see and a dilated eye exam or Optomap image, which allows our eye doctor to look into your eye and see the lens as well as the back of the eye. We may also perform an eye pressure test during your exam.
What are my treatment options?
Cataracts are usually a progressive eye ailment. In the early stages, it may be possible to correct your vision with contacts or glasses, and sunglasses can help reduce glare on sunny days. However, as they increase in severity, your only option may be cataract surgery. Our optometrists can evaluate you for cataract surgery and refer you to an eye surgeon. After your surgery, we can perform all of your follow-up care.
Are there any risks associated with cataract surgery?
The most common risks associated with cataract surgery, include eye infections and surgical site bleeding. You may also be at an increased risk for retinal detachment. After your surgery and follow-up care is complete, you will still need regular eye exams.
How do I schedule an appointment with your Wichita Optometrist?
We have two Wichita Optometry locations in Kansas. To schedule an appointment at our Douglas Avenue location, call us at 316-942-7496. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam at our North Amidon location, call us at 316-838-7797.