Our eye doctors at Saratoga Vision offer a wide range of eye care services for our patients. Annual eye exams are essential for detecting eye health conditions like cataracts. If it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact our team at Saratoga Vision today to schedule an appointment.
How Do Cataracts Develop?
Cataracts result from the natural process of aging and wear and tear on the lens of the eye. As we age, proteins in the chemical makeup of the lens begin to break down, drying out, and becoming brittle. This process can leave opaque, milky deposits on the lens. In your field of vision, these appear as cloudy spots that begin either in your peripheral or central vision.
Testing for Cataracts
The same trusted optometrists that have handled your vision care can also take care of the testing needed to diagnose cataracts as well as your pre- and post-cataract surgery care. Our optometrists conduct detailed examinations to make sure your prescription lenses give you the clearest vision possible. We also check for the development of eye diseases or issues at their earliest possible stages.
Cataracts can be visible in the eyes or can be detected earlier with thorough exams. Our optometrists track how your eyes have changed and test the visual acuity, health, and appearance of the lens. We also look at the pupils, glare in your vision, and check for any pressure buildup in the eyes. Dilating your eyes using specialized eye drops allows our optometrists to look deeply into your eye to examine the health of the retina, macula, and even the optic nerve. The cataract itself is viewed close-up and measured for its exact dimensions to create the best possible fit for a clear replacement lens if surgery is needed.
An important part of the cataract exam is the discussion with our optometrist about the degree to which the cataracts are affecting your vision and your daily activities. This helps us determine when you should schedule your surgery. You should also talk about your goals for your vision care, including whether replacement lenses can improve your nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Pre- and Post-Cataract Surgery Eye Care
Before surgery, our eye doctor will advise you to avoid situations where debris or grit could get into your eyes. You will need to apply eye drops for several days before the surgery. The goal is to ward off any possible infections so no bacteria can enter the eye when the incision is made. We also want to prevent any inflammation and keep the process as simple and safe as possible. Post-surgery care is fairly straightforward and mostly involves keeping foreign bodies and dirt out of the eyes as they heal. You may also need to wear protective glasses to prevent dust and dirt from entering the eyes and maintain your eye care with prescription eye drops.
Get Quality Eye Care in Saratoga Springs, NY
If you are concerned about cataracts or it has been a while since your last eye exam, call our team at Saratoga Vision today at (518) 587-5900 to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors.