If you have been diagnosed by your eye doctor with a cataract, you are not alone. According to the National Eye Institute, cataracts affect over 24.4 million Americans aged 40 and older. We are here for you to ensure you have the best support for your cataract diagnosis.
Here are a few recommendations from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to follow once diagnosed with a cataract.
Schedule your eye exam every year if you’re older than 65 or every two years if you are younger.
Wear sunglasses and protect your eyes that block at least 99 percent from UV light and a hat.
If you smoke, it is time to quit. Smoking is a key risk factor for cataracts.
Use brighter lights for reading and other activities. A magnifying glass may be helpful to use.
Limit your driving at night once your vision changes, when you start seeing halos or glare, which can affect driving safety.
Talk with your primary doctor about any other health problems, especially diabetes.
When it becomes challenging to complete your regular activities, consider cataract surgery.
Make an informed decision about cataract surgery. Have a discussion with your eye doctor that includes the following topics:
what is the preparation process for recovery after cataract surgery
what are the benefits and possible complications of cataract surgery
what are the cataract surgery costs
How can cataracts be removed? Cataracts can be removed only with surgery. If your cataract symptoms are not bothering you, talk with your eye doctor to see when your best time is to remove the cataract. Your eye doctor can suggest options that will best suit your needs.
What Happens During Cataract Surgery?
During cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will remove your eye’s cloudy natural lens. Then your eye surgeon will replace it with an artificial lens. This new lens is called an intraocular lens (or IOL). When you decide to have cataract surgery, your doctor will educate you about IOLs and how they work.
Cataracts are a reason people lose their vision, but looking on the positive side, you should be confident knowing that cataracts can be treated. There is no reason you have to suffer vision loss in this day and age when this specific diagnosis can easily be reversed. Talk with your eye doctor about your cataract symptoms, and together you can decide whether you are ready for cataract surgery. We are here to assist you with any questions you may have as you learn all the facts about cataracts and make the best decision for yourself. We make a great team with our patients!
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References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.
Our eyesight is one of our most treasured senses. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes can have several negative health effects, including increasing your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and cancer. But did you know that smoking can also harm your eye health and vision? Additionally, your risk for eye diseases increases the longer that a person smokes. The best thing to do for your eye health and your overall health is to avoid nicotine altogether. And while we know that can be difficult for many people, the benefits speak for themselves.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) This disease happens when a part of the retina is damaged. Studies show that smokers and ex-smokers are more likely to get AMD than people who have never smoked. While there is no cure for AMD, it can be treated with medications or laser therapy.
Cataracts If you smoke, you are at increased risk of developing cataracts. A cataract is the clouding of your eye’s naturally clear lens, which causes blurry vision and makes colors look dull, faded, or yellowish. We treat cataracts by performing different varieties of cataract surgery including laser cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) replacement.
Diabetic Retinopathy Smokers who also have diabetes risk getting diabetic retinopathy, a condition that occurs when blood vessels in the eye are damaged. It causes blurry or distorted vision and can lead to permanent blindness over time if not treated. Potential treatments include medications or surgery.
Dry Eye This is a chronic condition that results from the eyes no longer producing enough moisture (tears). Smoking with dry eyes can make the eyes more likely to feel scratchy, sting, burn, or red.
Uveitis Smoking can also lead to Uveitis, a disease that affects the middle layer of the eye wall known as the uvea. Uveitis causes eye redness, pain, and difficulty seeing. Potential treatment options include medications or surgery.
Ready to Quit? Discussing these eye conditions can sound unnerving. However, the good news is that quitting smoking at any age and at any time can significantly reduce your risk of developing these issues. Breaking the habit of smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke is the best investment you can make in your long-term eye health. For more information or to book an eye care appointment with Dr. William Segal, and Dr. Marc Lay, please contact Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for more eye care tips, news, and much more.
Welcome everyone to our Spotlight Ophthalmology Testimonial of the Month blog post for November. We use these blog posts as a way to allow our patients the opportunity to share their personal experiences with Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons and the impact that our professional eye care services have had on their day-to-day lives. This month we are proud to present the story of Leah.
We first met Leah in November 2021 when she made her initial appointment with Dr. William Segal. Leah had worn reading glasses for years but was experiencing severe cataracts that were badly affecting her vision and daily life. Her condition got so bad that she could no longer use her mobile phone without wearing glasses. Additionally, she had experienced issues with glaucoma which also contributed to her vision issues. Dr. Segal recommended cataract surgery with lens implants as a way to address both issues once and for all. Here is Leah discussing her experience in her own words:
“At first I was skeptical and reluctant of the procedure, given my job requires me to have good vision. However, Dr. Segal made sure that all of my questions and concerns were addressed, demonstrating patience and caring. In December of 2021, I had my surgery performed in both eyes (each separated over a 2 week time-frame) and had the cataracts removed by laser. Within a few weeks, I had 20/20 vision and was able to completely discard my many pairs of glasses. Now, one year later, it has completely transformed my life. All throughout the process, Dr. Segal was extremely accommodating and as a side note, he is just a great guy. If you are experiencing issues with your eyes, I highly suggest that you visit Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons. The wonderful staff, along with Dr. Segal, is the best you’ll find anywhere.”
It’s always an honor for us to receive this kind of feedback from patients like Leah. It means so much to us to really know that we are making a difference in the lives of our patients. If you would like to share a story of your own or book an eye care appointment with Dr. William Segal, Dr. Marc Lay, or any of our other eye care providers, please contact Georgia Eye Physicians & Surgeons today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more patient stories, eye care tips, and much more.
At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons we’re committed to exceptional eye care for our patients and their families. We know how much the health of your eyes means for your quality of life. We’re committed to serving your complete eye care needs with the respect and care we would use in treating our own family.