FAQs About Cataracts

How the ophthalmologists in Santa Monica, CA, can help with cataracts

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, you probably have a few questions. Your ophthalmologist has the answers and expertise you need. The ophthalmologists at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in Santa Monica, CA, offer comprehensive eyecare services, including diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. They proudly serve residents of Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, CA, areas.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about cataracts:

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts are caused by protein clumping together in the lens of your eye.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts?

You may have cataracts if you experience:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Needing brighter light for reading
  • Seeing a halo around a light source
  • Faded or yellowed colors
  • Double vision in one eye

What Are the Risk Factors for Cataracts?

Cataracts are more common as you age, and you can be at increased risk of developing them if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are diabetic
  • Spend extended periods in bright sunlight

Can Cataracts Be Prevented?

You can do a lot to prevent cataracts if you:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a diet rich in antioxidants from fruits and leafy green vegetables
  • Always wear sunglasses when you are out in bright sunlight

What Is the Treatment for Cataracts?

Typically, surgery is performed to remove the clouded lens of your eye and replace it with an artificial lens known as an intraocular lens.

What Can I Expect From Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with no hospital stay. Healing typically takes about eight weeks. Surgery is usually performed one eye at a time to allow the eye to heal.

To read more detailed information about cataracts and cataract surgery, please visit the Cataracts page on the website by clicking here.

To learn more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of cataracts, talk with the experts. Call the ophthalmologists at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in Santa Monica, CA, serving residents of Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, CA. You can reach them in the office by calling (310) 829-5475, so call now.

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