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Cataracts

Cataract Treatment From Our Houston Eye Doctor

If any condition is likely to drive you to visit an optometrist in Houston, it's cataracts. These thickenings of the eyes' lenses can obscure your vision in a number of ways, eventually causing blindness. But an optometrist in Houston won't be able to address all of your needs where this progressive eye disease is concerned. That's why it only makes sense to see our ophthalmologist in Houston. Our Houston eye doctor at Museum District Eye Center can diagnose your condition, offer management options or surgical treatment, and even offer preventative care tips.

man getting examined for cataractsWhat Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are an abnormal clumping of proteins that inhabit the lenses of your eyes. Normally, these proteins are carefully arranged to let light pass through as it should. As the proteins gather together, they grow more and more opaque, blocking and distorting the incoming light. This irreversible condition, while painless and usually quite gradual in its progression, is a leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Why People are Prone to Cataracts

Cataracts are extremely common, afflicting 24.4 million Americans over 40 and up to half of all Americans 75 or older. In most cases, they are simply the by-product of aging, including several decades of normal levels of UV exposure. Excessive UV exposure, however, can hasten their development. Smoking, obesity, hypertension, and family history are other risk factors. Steroid users and diabetics may be prone to specific types of cataracts that grow more quickly than normal, age-related cataracts.

Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

While advanced cataracts may actually give the eye a milky or cloudy appearance, the more subtle signs of cataracts may be evident much earlier. These symptoms include blurry vision, trouble seeing at night, changes in the appearance of colors, glare sensitivity, and halo-like patterns around lights.

From Prevention to Treatment: Our Ophthalmologist in Houston Can Help

Our ophthalmologist in Houston can detect cataracts through a comprehensive eye exam using vision testing, slit lamp testing, and other techniques. A slowly-progressing cataract can benefit from healthy lifestyle changes to prevent it from growing more severe, along with corrective lenses to compensate for some of your symptoms. If your vision becomes significantly worse, we may recommend a quick, painless surgery to remove the cataract-ridden lens and insert a clear plastic lens in its place. This new lens can restore your vision to its pre-cataract clarity.

Call Museum District Eye Center Today!

Are you concerned about possible cataracts, or just interested in keeping your eyes as healthy as possible? Call Museum District Eye Center today at %PHONE% for an exam from our Houston eye doctor!

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