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The Low Down On Eye Health: Cataracts

POSTED ON January 3, 2011

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What exactly are cataracts?  The word (if I put my optical knowledge aside) makes me think of something heart related or something else with the body, not our vision or our eyes.  But cataracts are indeed something that occurs in our eyes as we age.  Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lenses which can make vision difficult.  They are the leading cause of blindness among seniors in the U.S. As explained by Allaboutvision.com our eyes lenses are mostly water and protein as ...

What exactly are cataracts?  The word (if I put my optical knowledge aside) makes me think of something heart related or something else with the body, not our vision or our eyes.  But cataracts are indeed something that occurs in our eyes as we age.  Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lenses which can make vision difficult.  They are the leading cause of blindness among seniors in the U.S.

As explained by Allaboutvision.com our eyes lenses are mostly water and protein as they allow light in for us to see.  With age these proteins can begin to clump together and cloud areas of our lenses.  This is a cataract.  The clouding in our lenses makes vision difficult and overtime proteins can further grow and hinder our ability to see. 

Indianapolis eye doctors like Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates see many patients with cataracts.  Symptoms of cataracts can vary according to Allaboutvision.com depending on the kind of cataract.  The three kinds of cataracts are subcapsular, nuclear, and cortical.  Vision becomes blurry at first for some types of cataracts, colors may not be as bright or clear, overhead lights might bother the eyes or nighttime headlights may cause more glare than before.

The first step to diagnosing cataracts is to have an Indianapolis or Indiana eye doctor perform an eye examination.  This will be able to determine if proteins in the eyes are indeed clumping together and hindering vision.  Buying eye glasses with bifocal lenses or contact lenses may be able to help with vision difficulties from cataracts although surgery may become a solution.

Protecting your eyes from harmful UV light will also help vision and the possibility of cataracts forming in the future.  Indianapolis optometrists like Dr. Tavel suggest wearing sunglasses like those with Purifier polarized lenses (which completely block and eliminate glare when outside) and wide brimmed hats when outdoors to cover and protect the eyes. 

So there is the eye health low down on cataracts!

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