in Murray, KY
Millions of people develop cataracts every year, and most people will at some point in their life. Cataracts are a serious eye condition — but also one that we’ve helped countless patients overcome!
Reed Jarvis, O.D., Jesse Williams, O.D., and Mary Jo Moore, O.D., provide thorough eye health exams with leading-edge technology to find even the earliest signs of cataracts, and are experienced providers of cataract treatment and surgery co-management to secure your eye health and clear vision for years to come.
What are Cataracts?
Every eye contains a natural lens, a clear and flexible tissue just behind the pupil that helps focus our vision. As we age, the intricate structure of the lens can begin to break down. This leads to the formation of cataracts and causes cloudy spots to appear in the lens.
In most cases, cataracts and their symptoms — including vision loss — gradually develop over time. At first, symptoms may be mild or unnoticeable, but they often progress to the point of obscuring eyesight and affecting your quality of life by making basic tasks much more difficult.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please let your eye doctor know right away. They may be manageable now, but if they’re caused by cataracts, they can only get worse.
- Blurry vision
- Fluctuating vision quality
- Difficulty with bright light
- Poor night and color vision
- Double vision
- Glare/halos around lights
Most importantly, many of these symptoms translate to patients having a hard time reading, driving, or performing other detailed activities, especially at night.
Causes & Risk Factors
The most common cause of cataracts is the natural aging process — many people develop cataracts sometime after age 40. However, some eye diseases, medications, or injuries can make cataracts more likely, or make them progress faster. You should get an annual eye health exam to look for the early signs of cataracts if one or more of the following describes you:
- Over 40 years of age
- Spend a lot of time with your eyes exposed to sunlight
- Have had a previous eye surgery or injury
- Have a blood-related disease, like diabetes, hypertension, or obesity
- Take certain medications, such as steroids
- Use specific substances, including smoking
Cataracts Diagnosis, Treatment & Co-Management
at Jarvis Vision Center
Our eye doctors have years of experience under their belts and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment at their fingertips. They can find even the earliest indicators of cataracts and discuss your cataract treatment options with you well before this eye condition impacts your quality of life.
While eyewear can help with the symptoms of cataracts at first, the only true way to fix the problem is cataract surgery, because the procedure replaces your natural lens with an advanced artificial lens that restores vision. Our eye doctors have close relationships with cataract surgeons in the area. We will ensure that your surgeon understands your individual needs and will walk you through the post-op period to make sure you are comfortable every step of the way.
To learn more about our cataract care, and to find out if you’re at risk for cataracts, please schedule an appointment online at Jarvis Vision Center today.