Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye, usually clear, gains a cloudy area. This is not true of all cases though. Many cataracts are so minor that they do not cause symptoms of sight degeneration, and do not grow worse over times. More problematic cataracts can cause varying degrees of foggy or fuzzy vision, glare from light, double vision, and very sporadic changes in ocular prescription. This is because the clouding of the lens blocks light from reaching the retina, which in turn halts the flow of information to the retina, so that it cannot be delivered to the brain. A clouded lens or cataract essentially stops a chain of command that allows human beings to have sight, however, it does not cause any pain. Your local Costa Mesa eye surgeon at Orange Coast Eye Center has many treatment options available for managing cataracts at any stage of progression.
If the surgeons at Orange Coast Eye Center detect cataracts in the earliest stages, there are many ways to prevent them from getting worse without requiring surgery or medication. In general, our Costa Mesa ophthalmologists recommend avoiding tanning booths, as well as sunlamps, and to wear an appropriate hat or sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Cataracts can also be caused or worsened by diabetes, so it is important, even if you have type 2 diabetes, to manage your symptoms with a healthy regimen as directed by your doctor. Studies have shown that quitting smoking can also slow the development of cataracts.
Surgery is the only true cure for cataracts, and today it is the most common form of surgery performed in the United States. At our Costa Mesa eye surgery clinic, we are ready to care for you through all stages of cataract treatment, from home-care treatments to cataract surgery. For those who do not have the time for surgery, or for other reasons need or wish to delay the procedure, our expert ophthalmologists can prescribe a type of medication known as myriatic eye drops. This medication works to dilate the pupil, widening it so that light can pass through it to the nerves in the eye. The increase in light improves eyesight by allowing more information to pass through the nerves to the brain.
The Orange Coast Eye Center has been providing all forms of eye care, from basic check-ups to comprehensive and specialized treatments to our local community for over thirty years. Dr. Jared Younger, one of two brilliant doctors we have on staff, received expert training in both LASIK and Refractive Cataract surgery from the Jules Stein Eye Institute, one of the most highly regarded schools of optometry. Dr. Younger utilizes the latest technology to perform laser cataract Costa Mesa eye surgery to restore sight, rid patients of problematic cataracts, and give you your life back with clear vision.