Cataracts don't discriminate by race or gender, and can start developing at any age. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the better -- which is why you need a full-service eye center. Joseph Kamerling, MD and Paul Speesler, OD of South Jersey Vision Center in Barrington, New Jersey specialize in treating this potentially blinding medical condition. Patients are screened for cataracts as part of their annual comprehensive eye exam.
Cataracts are the clouding of the clear lens of the eye (the component that uses light to produce clear, sharp images on the retina). Over time, the lens becomes denser and cloudier, blocking light from coming through. Imagine trying to see yourself in a mirror fogged with steam. That’s the view that people with cataracts live with every day. That clouding makes it impossible to read, watch TV, and affects daily activities - especially driving at night.
It’s unclear why some people develop cataracts.
The condition might be the result of normal aging. The eye’s lenses become less flexible with normal aging, naturally lose some of their transparency, and thicken with age. That all factors into the development of cataracts. For some patients, it's a genetic condition that has run in their family from generation to generation. For other patients, it's a complication of an injury, prolonged steroid usage, or medical conditions - such as diabetes.
Since this condition develops gradually, it may take time for most people to notice a change in their vision. Little things like sensitivity to light or difficulty driving at night might indicate a problem like cataracts. There might also be a fading of colors, halos around lights, or double vision in one eye.
Once cataracts are diagnosed, you may benefit from a change in your eye glasses prescription, but may ultimately need surgical treatment from Dr. Kamerling. Cataract surgery involves removal of the damaged and cloudy lens and replacing it with a new, artificial one.
If you're worried you might have cataracts, click or call today to schedule an examination at South Jersey Vision Center.