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Cataracts Cause Blurry Vision

Cataracts Cause Blurry Vision

A cataract is clouding of the part of the eye called the lens that affects vision. It happens when the protein fibers that make up the lens undergo chemical changes lump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens.

According to the National Eye Institute, “Although many individuals have cataracts in their 40’s and 50’s, they do not begin to affect their vision until their 60’s and beyond. But, by the age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.”

Although most cataracts relate to aging there are other types of cataracts.

  1. Secondary cataract. Cataracts can form after surgery for other eye problems, such as glaucoma. Cataracts also can develop in people who have other health problems, such as diabetes. Cataracts are sometimes linked to steroid use.
  2. Traumatic cataract. Cataracts can develop after an eye injury, sometimes years later.
  3. Congenital cataract. Some babies are born with cataracts or develop them in childhood, often in both eyes. These cataracts may be so small that they do not affect vision. If they do, the lenses may need to be removed.
  4. Radiation cataract. Cataracts can develop after exposure to some types of radiation.

Cataract Symptoms That Will Begin To Affect Qualify Of Life

  • Cloudy or blurry vision.
  • Glasses may appear dirty or scratched even though they are clean.
  • Colors seem faded.
  • Glare – headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
  • Poor night vision.
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.

These symptoms also can be a sign of other eye problems. If you have any of these symptoms, check with your eye care professional.

Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Vision

Block ultraviolet sunlight with sunglasses and a brimmed hat.   A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fruit and other foods with antioxidants will help with overall health.  If you’re a smoker – stop!

A yearly comprehensive dilated eye exam will check for signs of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision disorders.  By taking a proactive approach toward regular exams, it allows you to take steps necessary to prevent vision loss.  An eye care professional can also help make you make an informed decision as to if and/or when cataract surgery may be right for you.

When patients come to Bissell Eye Care for their annual exam, many don’t like the dilation that we perform as a standard part of a comprehensive exam.  In order to properly evaluate overall eye health and diagnose any issues, it’s necessary to dilation your eyes.  As your eye care professional, early detection of eye disease can lead to a better quality of life as you age.  Be proactive and make sure to schedule an annual eye exam.

About the author:  John D.  Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify.  The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

bissell-sizedAs a high school student, Dr. John Bissell always knew he wanted to be an optometrist.  He job shadowed under Dr. Roger Johnson and learned first-hand what owning your own practice meant.   In April 2010, Dr. Bissell had an opportunity to purchase his first practice in Bakerstown.

During Dr. Bissell’s early years in private practice, Dr. Johnson continued to serve as a mentor.  Bissell Eye Care has quickly grown over the past four years to become a premiere eye care center serving the northern Pittsburgh suburbs.

The time has come for Dr. Johnson to retire and the mentor is passing the torch to the mentee as Dr. Bissell expands his practice.  Dr. Bissell has purchased Dr. Johnson’s practice and is now practicing out of both Bakerstown and Natrona Heights office located at 1629 Union Ave, Natrona Heights, PA 15065, phone (724) 226-0444.

Dr. Johnson will continue to see patients a couple of days a week in the Natrona Heights office until he helps Dr. Bissell with the transition of the practice.  Patients will receive the same great service that both doctors have delivered over the years.  We look forward to serving the northern Pittsburgh suburbs and now the Alle-Kiski Valley for years to come.

About the author:  John D.  Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify.  The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.

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