What Are Cataracts?
If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, you may already be experiencing blurry vision as a result of this serious medical condition. Cataracts usually develop over time and cause the lens of one or both eyes to become cloudy or opaque. If left untreated, this condition can cause severe vision impairment that can have a significant impact on your daily activities. At Mattioli Vision Professionals, we offer comprehensive solutions for cataract patients to help you maintain your independence and your vision. Dr. Fred Mattioli is an established, board-certified Houston eye surgeon with the skills and experience needed to resolve your cataract issues and restore your eyesight effectively.
Do I Have Cataracts?
Rather than an abnormal growth on the lens of the eye, cataracts are a condition that gradually turns your own lenses cloudy or opaque. Some of the early signs of cataracts include the following:
- Halos or glowing outlines around lighted objects
- Blurriness and cloudiness, especially at night
- Yellowing of colors
- Fuzzy areas in your field of vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
Because cataracts are a progressive condition, they will continue to get worse if left untreated. Consulting with a specialist in Houston laser eye surgery can provide practical options for managing this condition and restoring your vision.
What Causes Cataracts?
Most cases of cataracts are the result of aging or injuries to the eyes. Other risk factors include diabetes, excessive use of alcohol, smoking and the use of steroids over a prolonged period of time. Too much time spent in the sun can also increase your risk of developing cataracts later in life.
What Tests Are Used to Diagnose Cataracts?
Depending on the severity of the condition, your physician may perform a visual acuity test that measures your ability to read letters at a distance. Your doctor may also examine your eyes using a special lighting system that provides a clear view of the structures and general health of your eyes. In some cases, your eyes may be dilated to allow an even better look at these internal structures.
Treatments for Cataracts
The experts at Mattioli Vision Professionals can provide you with practical options to restore your vision. Our Houston cataract surgery team uses modern equipment and proven techniques to remove cataracts safely and to implant intraocular lenses, allowing you to see clearly and to enjoy the best possible results after your surgery. In some cases, existing eye conditions may not allow for the use of intraocular lenses. Glasses and contacts may be recommended for patients in these cases.
As a leader in LASIK eye surgery, Mattioli Vision Professionals offers comprehensive help for patients with cataracts and other conditions that can impair vision. We can deliver practical solutions to help you see more clearly and to ensure that you look your best. Contact us today at 713-776-3937 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your eye care needs.