Cataract Doctors in Hershey, PA
Are you over age 60? If so, you may have cataracts, an age-related condition. If you have more trouble seeing at night than you used to, this may be an indicator that you have cataracts. If you are concerned about this and live or work in Hershey PA, cataract doctors are available at the convenient Lebanon location of Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania.
What is a cataract?
Cataracts are caused by a clouding of the eye lens. This clouding forms because of a protein breakdown that occurs in the eye. With aging, these proteins naturally break down and clump onto the lens.
Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes, but they progress slowly, and at first, most patients don’t even notice them. Over time, patients may notice the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Hazy vision
- Difficulty with night vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Need brighter reading light
- Colors appear muted or dull
Is there a cure?
Cataracts can only be remedied by surgery. Our surgeons perform this procedure on an outpatient basis, and it is one of the safest surgeries you can have.
During your initial eye examination, we will evaluate you for cataracts using a series of eye tests and eye measurements to determine the progression of the cataract and whether you are a surgical candidate. These test results help guide the discussion between you and the surgeon regarding what he or she recommends and what you can expect from the treatment.
The surgeon will discuss all treatment options with you. At first, you may not need surgery. We can adjust your contact lenses or eyeglasses prescription, but when the cataract begins to significantly interfere with clear vision, we will recommend surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. We have many artificial lens options, including vision-correcting lenses that we can implant to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Minor risks associated with cataract surgery are minor swelling, bleeding or risk of an eye infection.
This is one of the world’s safest surgical procedures, and in fact, delaying surgery often increases the likelihood of injury from accidents. As your eyesight becomes worse, walking, driving and other activities become harder to do. Some research also indicates a link between cataracts and depression because diminished vision limits one’s ability to carry on with enjoyable daily life activities.
Come See Us So We Can See You
You and your eyes deserve the best cataract treatment. Do you live or work in Hershey PA? Cataract doctors in our nearby Lebanon office are waiting for you to be our next new patient. Don’t wait. Come in for a cataract evaluation today at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania. We offer patients the latest advancements in cataract and overall eye care. We are confident that you will love our outstanding eye care, so give us a call today. We can treat cataracts and take care of all your eye health needs.
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