Cataract Removal Reading, PA
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If you have a cataract, we can change your eyeglass prescription more frequently, but eventually you will need cataract removal. Reading PA residents, cataract removal is close by at Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania in nearby Blandon. In this article, we cover treatments as well as symptoms and diagnosis.
Cataract removal is the eventual treatment if you have a cataract. We can more frequently change eyeglasses prescriptions for early-stage cataracts, and we will likely recommend reading under a brighter light. Once cataracts reach a certain size and start interfering with reading or driving, or other daily activities, our team will recommend cataract removal.
This surgical procedure is quick and easy. If you have cataracts in both eyes, we will repair one eye at a time. This surgery is the only alternative to completely repair the cataract. During the outpatient procedure, the eye surgeon will remove the clouded cataract lens with a clear artificial lens. We perform cataract removal at our outpatient facility in Reading and it takes less than a half hour.
Symptoms and diagnosis
When a cataract becomes significant enough, patients often say their vision seems as if they are looking through a greasy, dirty window. Patients notice difficulty reading or with close-up tasks, and may also experience blurred vision or difficulty with night driving.
Cataracts are not a disease, but an age-related condition that gradually develops over time. With age, natural proteins in the eye break down and can clump on the lens in one or both eyes. At first, the cataract is small and not likely noticed. Over time, as more proteins clump onto the lens, patients begin having one or more of the issues above, including colors that appear more faded or muted.
In an eye exam, our excellent team can diagnose a cataract. If it is significant enough, we’ll recommend surgery, and may want you to have a thorough medical exam from your family doctor prior to that procedure.
By age 65, it is highly likely that cataracts may have already formed in one or both eyes, so we definitely recommend annual eye exams if you are over age 65. Cataracts can even begin forming as young as age 40, so eye exams are important at any age. Also know that certain conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes can affect your eyes, and that is another reason why these eye exams are so important.
Cataracts do develop very slowly, and most patients don’t even notice symptoms. This is another reason why annual exams are important so we can monitor the cataract progression every year at the exam. Our team performs a thorough dilated eye exam and visual acuity test to measure both the clarity and sharpness of your vision. This exam allows the doctor a better view of the eye structures and lens to look for signs of cataracts in both eyes.
Be our next new patient
If it has been a while since your last eye exam, come see us. Certainly, if you have symptoms and suspect a cataract, schedule an appointment with us today. If you need cataract removal in Reading PA, Eye Consultants of Pennsylvania is close by in Blandon. Come in soon so we can take care of you – and your eyes!
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