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Regular eye exams become more important as people age, to ensure that they are able to see clearly for everyday tasks. Cataracts are a common problem of aging, but treatment is available to help individuals enjoy better vision after cataract removal. At Shreveport Eye Clinic in Shreveport LA, we can provide comprehensive eye care, including the most modern treatments for cataracts.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, the structure that helps to bend light to see images clearly. Over time, the clouding becomes progressively worse, making normal vision more difficult.
Aging is a primary cause of cataract development. Genetic factors also increase your risk. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun is also a common cause of cataracts. People who smoke are at higher risk of cataracts. Individuals who have diabetes are also at greater risk for cataract development. If you must use corticosteroid medications for a medical condition, it can raise your risk for cataracts. Eye injuries can also increase your risk.
Individuals with cataracts may have progressive difficulty with the blurring of vision, dulling of colors, greater sensitivity to light and increased glare that impairs vision at night. Double vision can also occur. If you experience these problems, make an appointment with an eye specialist to get treatment that will help you to enjoy better vision.
Visual acuity testing, dilation and viewing of the retina, examination of the lens under illumination and magnification and other tests help your eye physician to diagnose the presence of cataracts and the extent of their development. At Shreveport Eye Clinic, we use modern techniques, such as “phacoemulsification,” which employs ultrasound technology to break up the clouded eye lens or lasers. These procedures make very small incisions, take only a short amount of time and heal quickly after the artificial lens is implanted.
The ophthalmologists at Shreveport Eye Clinic have extensive training in optometry and ophthalmic diseases and provide superior care for patients in Shreveport LA and surrounding areas. We offer a range of services for vision care, including comprehensive examinations and treatment for eye diseases. Call Shreveport Eye Clinic today at (318) 861-4009 for an appointment to have your eyes checked for cataracts and to receive information on surgery that will help you to see more clearly.