Cataract is a common eye condition.  . You may be born with them or they could develop later in life, as it is a natural aging process. If they are not treated, cataracts can impair your vision and make certain daily activities, like driving, more difficult. At University Eye Associates in Charlotte and Davidson, NC, we provide comprehensive eye exams to determine an accurate diagnosis and offer prompt treatment to preserve your vision. 


What is a Cataract?

Cataracts are a clouding or fogging of the lens. The lens is a clear structure that helps focus light to see clearly. Over time, proteins in the lens break down and cause the lens to cloud.

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

As a cataract forms, you may notice your vision becoming hazier as if you’re looking through a cloudy window. Cataracts can also worsen cause halos around lights. You may also notice that colors appear more yellow, increased sensitivity to glare and light, and difficulty in dim light settings.

Testing for Cataracts

Our optometrists can detect cataracts during a routine eye exam. A visual acuity test is performed to check your vision and a slit lamp is used to assess the presence of a cataract. Specific visual acuity tests, such as brightness acuity test, can help determine is cataracts are affecting your vision.

Cataract Treatment

Cataracts are treatable with the appropriate eye care. Once glasses no longer improve vision, the treatment for cataracts involves surgical removal of the natural lens. An ultrasound probe is often used to break up the proteins that are clouding the eye lens. Then, an incision is made and the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial implant. Cataract surgeries are common and are typically performed on an outpatient basis. This means you won’t have to stay at the medical facility overnight; however, you should have someone drive you home.

Contact us for an Appointment Today

If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts, our team at University Eye Associates in Charlotte and Davidson, NC, is happy to help. Once we evaluate your condition, we can provide the necessary treatment plan that works for you.. To schedule your appointment, call our office today!

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