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Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. These common changes in the lens of the eye can effectively set up a barrier between your eyes and the world around you, causing increasingly serious levels of vision distortion and vision loss. But the good news is that you don't have to let your cataracts advanced to that degree. Here at Prescott Valley Eye Care, PC, our eye doctor in Prescott Valley, AZ can diagnose your cataracts from their earliest stages, correct for vision challenges, and even co-manage surgery to remove them altogether.
You may not realize that your eye's lenses, while completely transparent in appearance and function, actually contain a high concentration of proteins. These proteins normally remain separated and arranged so that light can pass through them to create a clear vision. But when the proteins start to clump together, they begin to interfere with the passage of light, eventually forming a cloudy or milky looking area in the lens. These changes can cause noticeable symptoms such as:
Untreated cataracts can eventually lead to total or legal blindness.
Most cataracts are an age-related phenomenon, meaning that most people will develop them at some point in their lives. These age-related contacts tend to be so slow-growing that they don't create significant problems for many years. Cataracts can also be caused by certain drugs, excessive UV exposure, and underlying diseases such as diabetes. Previous eye injuries, alcohol abuse, smoking, and obesity are other risk factors.
Our Prescott Valley optometrist, Dr. Courtright, can detect the presence of cataracts in their earliest or "trace" forms in a comprehensive eye exam. Any effects on your eyesight may appear during our routine vision testing. The earlier we're aware of your cataracts, we sooner we can make lifestyle recommendations such as UV-filtering eyewear, smoking cessation and changes in your medications. We can also compensate for minor vision issues by updating your corrective lens prescription and/or providing you with anti-glare lens coatings and tinted lens filters.
When we can no longer achieve good results through conservative measures, we may refer you for surgery. Fortunately, this form of cataract treatment in Prescott is quick, easy and painless. Your clouded lens is replaced with a crystal-clear artificial one to restore your vision. We can provide all the necessary pre-operative preparations and post-operative exams.
While modern technology can treat even advanced cataracts, there's no need for you to let your vision become cloudier and cloudier. Stay a step of your cataracts by calling (928) 771-9939 for a comprehensive eye exam and cataract treatment in Prescott, Prescott Valley and surrounding areas!
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