June is Cataract Awareness Month, a time when we focus on the importance of preventing and treating cataracts, a leading cause of vision loss worldwide. Our team at Halsted Eye Boutique is committed to doing our part to raise awareness of this condition and the treatments available for it, to help ensure that everyone can access the care they need. Read all about cataracts and their treatments below, then contact our Chicago eye doctors with any questions!
Cataract Awareness Month
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens, which can cause blurry vision, glare, and other visual disturbances. They are most commonly associated with aging, but can also be caused by a variety of other factors, including certain medical conditions, eye injuries, and certain medications.
How are Cataracts Treated?
Cataracts can be treated with cataract surgery, a minimally invasive procedure that removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and is performed under local anesthesia in an ophthalmologist's office. After surgery, most patients can expect improved vision and fewer symptoms.
What Can I Do to Help Prevent Cataracts?
There are several things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing cataracts or delay the onset of cataracts. These include:
Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV radiation
Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
Regularly visiting your eye doctor for comprehensive eye exams
What to Expect From an Appointment for Cataracts
When you schedule a visit for a cataract evaluation, your optometrists will discuss your symptoms and medical history, and perform a comprehensive eye exam. They may also perform additional tests to help determine the extent of your cataracts and the best course of treatment. After the evaluation, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
At Halsted Eye Boutique, we prioritize patient safety and satisfaction. Our experienced Chicago eye doctors will be with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the highest quality care and the best possible outcome. Contact us today to learn more about cataracts and our treatment options!