As with any non-optimum condition, detection and preventative care are of the utmost importance. Not just any eye doctor is qualified to do the necessary tests and procedures to accurately diagnose most vision errors. As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Christian is among the most qualified doctors in the field of the eye. When consulting with Dr. Christian, please be assured you’re in good hands.
The most obvious way to tell you have a cataract is to look in the mirror. If you see unusual white splotches in your eye, you likely have a cataract. Even prior to this point, knowing the symptoms of cataracts can lead to early detection and prevention.
- Clouded, dim or blurry vision
- Reduced ability to see in dim light
- Unusually high sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Changing one's contact lens or glasses prescription frequently
- Colors fade or become yellow
- Double vision in a single eye
- Exposure to radiation from sunlight and other sources
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Corticosteroid medication
- Eye inflammation or injury
- Previous eye surgery
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Extreme nearsightedness
- Family history of cataracts
In the beginning stages of a growing cataract, you may not notice any vision loss because it will only affect a very small part of the lens. As it grows larger, it clouds more of your vision and distorts the images you see. At the first sign of a cataract, it is advised to schedule a consultation with cataract surgeon Dr. Christian as soon as possible.
Comprehensive eye exam
Dr. Christian will perform a thorough eye exam taking advantage of the most current and proven methods.
This exam will include:
A visual acuity test. This test measures how well you see at various distances.
A dilated eye exam. Drops are placed in your eyes to dilate the pupils. Dr. Christian will use a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of damage and other eye problems.
Tonometry. A highly accurate and advanced instrument called a Tonometer will measure the pressure inside the eye. Besides cataracts, eye pressure is vital in diagnosing a majority of eye conditions.
The old adage “prevention is the best medicine” applies fully to your eyes. There are things you can do right now to contribute to the prevention of cataracts.
- Receive routine eye exams
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol use
- Wear sunglasses
- Follow your treatment plan if you have diabetes or other medical conditions that may increase your risk of cataracts
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
These simple actions can be done by anyone with a high risk of cataracts.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in cataract treatment or want more information on detection and prevention, your next step is a consultation with Santa Monica eye doctor Dr. Christian. Please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation.