If you are experiencing the signs or symptoms of a cataract, Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania is ready to provide outstanding care from the best surgeons in Berks County, PA.
The staff at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania includes a nationally-recognized team of specialized ophthalmologists, ophthalmic surgeons and eye care professionals who have been trained by some of the most respected medical facilities in the world and have vast clinical experience in a wide variety of eye disease and surgical services.
We are the leading ophthalmology practice in the region, with four convenient locations in Wyomissing, Pottsville, Pottstown and Blandon. All of our doctors are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and continually update their skills and knowledge to offer patients the latest advancements in eye care.
Our cataract specialists use state-of-the art surgical techniques that are painless and precise and may even make it possible for you to see well up-close and at a distance after lens replacement without the need for glasses.
What Causes Cataracts?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, over 24.5 million Americans aged 40 and older are affected by cataracts. It is estimated that 50 million Americans will have them by the year 2050. But, what causes them cataracts?
The lens of the eye is normally transparent and is comprised mostly of water and protein. As we age, the natural proteins may begin to clump together, making some or all of the lens cloudy. This is called an age-related cataract. It may be mild, moderate, or severe. The cataract may cloud more of the lens as time goes on. It may also become denser or more opaque, making it difficult for us to see clearly.
Although age is the main culprit, other factors may contribute to the development of cataracts, such as:
- Genetics – Inherited geneticdisorders may increase your risk of cataracts. Although uncommon, some children are born with cataracts or develop them during childhood. The cataracts are usually removed soon after they are detected.
- Disease – People with diabetes are known to be at a higher risk for developing cataracts. The cataracts may appear at a younger age and may progress faster. Hypertension may also cause cataracts to form earlier in life than they would have otherwise.
- Medications – Some medications, such as oral, topical, or inhaled steroids, and the long-term use of statins to reduce cholesterol, have been found to be associated with the development of a cataract
- Eye injury or trauma –Eye injuries may be responsible for causing cataracts to form weeks, months or years after the initial injury. Even an injury you consider to be minor, such as being poked in the eye with a finger during a basketball game, may result in a cataract.
- Environment – Medical studies have shown that long-term or unprotected exposure to radiation from X-rays, infrared radiation (from welding and glass blowing), ultraviolet radiation (from the sun), microwave radiation (from powerful satellite, radar and radio equipment), and cosmic radiation (from space) may cause cataracts to form.
It is not necessary to live with cataracts and poor vision. If you are looking for the best cataract surgeons in Berks County, PA, get in touch with Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania to learn about your many options. Our cataract specialists will examine your eyes, discuss the latest options in treatment and lens technology, and help you decide if it is the right time to restore your clear vision.