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Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss among older adults. At The Shreveport Eye Clinic in Shreveport, LA, our ophthalmologist team works tirelessly to make sure we're using the best tools and techniques to help our patients get screened early, regularly, and effectively for cataracts (and treated as necessary).
A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside your eye. It happens when the proteins and fibers that make up the lens (which is normally clear) become re-structured in such a way that opacity begins to develop, sort of like fog on a glass.
There are a variety of possible risk factors for cataracts:
Typically, cataracts won't have any signs or symptoms early on in the disease process. Once they get big enough to start obstructing light as it enters the eye, people with a cataract may notice:
Diagnosis can be made by a doctor of ophthalmology or optometry on a comprehensive eye exam. At our clinic, we may use specialized eye drops to dilate your pupils so we can see inside more clearly. Since we can detect cataracts before symptoms develop, it's important to be regularly screened for them, especially as you get older (estimates show that as many as 90% of people over the age of 65 have a cataract in at least one eye!).
Treatment often depends on the severity of symptoms. In the early stages, low vision techniques and modifications (including updated prescription eyewear) may be necessary. Lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation and dietary improvements, may slow the progression of the cataract. When it gets severe enough, the damaged lens can be removed in a simple in-office procedure and replaced by an artificial lens.
If you live near Bossier City or Shreveport, LA and are due for a cataract screening or if you're in need of eye care for any other reason, then contact the Shreveport Eye Clinic today at (318) 861-4009. Our ophthalmologist staff would be honored to help you and your loved ones achieve optimal eyesight!