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Cataract Detection and Care From Our Greer Optometrist

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Cataracts literally put a restrictive barrier between your eyes and the world around you. These opaque collections of proteins in the light-gathering lens of the eye can alter and reduce your vision significantly. In fact, cataracts are the most common cause of blindness in the world -- but you don't have to let them steak your eyesight away. Here at Blue Ridge Vision, our Greer optometrist can detect the early signs of cataracts in a comprehensive eye exam and then recommend the right strategies for helping you hang onto your vision.

Understanding Cataracts

The lens of your eye may normally be transparent, but that doesn't mean it's unoccupied. The lens contains proteins that usually remain dissolved in such a way that light passes easily through them. If these proteins crystalize into solid clumps, they become harder and harder to see through, eventually forming a white-colored mass called cataract. Cataracts may come together in various ways. Cataracts that form in the front of the lens are called nuclear cataracts. This most common type of cataract occurs as result of aging, afflicting the majority of seniors sooner or later. Cataracts that form in the back of the lens, known as sub capsular cataracts, are associated with steroid use and diabetes. A third type, cortical cataracts, forms from the outside of the lens toward the inside in wedge-like patterns.

Unless they are aggravated by underlying health conditions, medications, or UV exposure, most cataracts take several years to grow into a genuine vision problem. But as they continue to develop, you may notice some odd things happening to your eyesight. Blurred vision, poor night vision, and abnormal color perception are some of the common symptoms; another is the appearance of strange radiating patterns around light sources.

We Can Help You Maintain Optimal Eyesight

The first step in dealing with any eye disease is detecting it as early as possible. Our Greer optometrist uses an illuminated device called a slit lamp to observe any changes in the appearance of your lenses. Vision testing can alert us to any reductions in your visual acuity that might be caused by cataracts. If we see cataracts in the making, we will recommend smart practices to minimize their growth, such as wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and getting diseases such as diabetes under control. Corrective and/or glare-resistant lenses can correct many vision issues early on.

If we get to the point that we can no longer correct your vision adequately, our optometrist can recommend and co-manage cataract removal surgery. This remarkably simple, pain-free outpatient procedure can restore your clarity of vision quickly and dramatically by replacing your cataract-ridden lens with an artificial lens. Periodic evaluations at our clinic can then monitor your recovery.

Schedule an Eye Exam at Blue Ridge Vision

Don't be afraid of cataracts, be aware of them and take steps to preserve your eyesight. Call Blue Ridge Vision at 864-877-3031 for an eye exam!

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