Treating Cataracts in Windsor, Newington, and Hartford, CT
Our eye doctors in Newington and South Windsor want to help patients distinguish between cataracts vs glaucoma to care for their vision properly and preventively. Our cataract treatment is state of the art and addresses cataracts at their source. Below are some common questions about cataracts!
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye which lies behind the pupil and the iris. Subscapular cataracts occur in the back of the lens, a nuclear cataract forms in the central region and cortical cataract begins in the periphery moving inward.
What Causes Cataracts?
The lens of the eye is primarily made of water and proteins. As we age, this protein may clump or cloud together making it more difficult for the lens to function. This clouding causes the cataract to develop. Aside from aging, risk factors include:
- Previous eye injury
- High myopia
- Eye surgery
How Do Cataracts Affect Vision?
Cataracts affect vision by literally making it harder to see. Because there is a “cloud” in the eye, this increases the difficulty to see. Our eye doctors in Newington and South Windsor will ask questions about your field of sight before performing any treatments.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Cataract?
Cataract symptoms include a tiny little blur. This blur may come and go but can increase as time goes on. If you experience regular or intermittent blurring of vision, you should see one of our eye doctors in South Windsor or Newington to detect if you are experiencing cataract symptoms or other ocular health changes. A cataract can intensify your response to light. A glare of light may seem extreme for example. This may be particular pronounced with night driving. You may also notice that colors are not as bright as they once were.
The most important reason to see our eye doctors is for prevention of symptoms. Capsular cataract symptoms may not develop until the cataract is advanced. Seeing us for preventive ocular health ensures protecting your vision before the cataract worsens.
How Is A Cataract Detected?
Cataracts in men vs women varies slightly. Because women tend to live longer than men, cataracts may affect them more. New research implies that genetic differences may play a role as well. Cataracts vs glaucoma is distinguished by the clouding of the eye whereas glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye. Cataracts are detected by dilating the eye to distinguish between optic nerve issues or the lens more precisely.
Cataract Treatment Options
Our talented team of eye doctors at Aucello EyeCare Center treat mild cataracts with glasses or more severe cataracts with cataract surgery. In most cases, cataract surgery is performed by removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial, intraocular lens. Cataract surgery is a safe, effective procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. Ninety percent of patients who have this surgery respond with either 20/20 or 20/40 vision.
Learn More About Cataract Surgery
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our eye care team to diagnose and treat cataracts, contact our South Windsor office by calling (860) 644-4362 or our Newington office by calling (860) 667-2020. We look forward to hearing from you!