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Cataracts are categorized as the clouding of your eye’s natural lens, located behind the iris and pupil. Cataracts are the top cause of vision loss in Americans over the age of 40 and the number 1 cause of blindness in the world. With advanced cataract treatment from your trusted ophthalmologist in Phoenix, it is possible to prevent blindness and retain your healthy vision for many years to come.
Today, more than 22 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts. By the year 2020, that number is projected to increase to over 30 million Americans over the age of 40 affected by this common eye condition.
Just as unique as the people they affect, there are several different types of cataracts that patients in AZ should be aware of, including:
Subcapsular Cataracts – This type of cataract occurs at the back your lens. Often, patients who are living with diabetes or those who take steroid medications have an increased risk of subcapsular cataracts.
Nuclear Cataract – This type of cataracts takes shape in the central zone or nucleus of the lens. The nuclear cataract is most commonly associated with the natural aging process.
Cortical Cataract – This cataract is most commonly characterized by white, wedge-shaped opacities that crop up in the periphery of the lens. They eventually work their way over to the center of the lens in a spoke-like manner. The cortical cataract occurs in the lens cortex, the area of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.
There are several common cataracts symptoms and signs that our patients should be aware of before scheduling a consultation at Eye Doctors of Arizona. For most patients, a cataract will start out very small and have little effect on your vision. Often, people describe the initial presence of a cataract as slightly blurred vision, much like looking through a cloudy piece of glass.
Cataracts can also take the light from the sun or a lamp and turn the rays into something that is too bright and glaring. You may also notice that when you drive at night, oncoming headlights create much more glare than ever before. Colors may also appear duller than they used to.
Depending on the type of cataract affecting your vision, you may experience different symptoms. Aside from increased age, other common cataract rick factors include:
Experiencing vision issues that are increasing in severity? If you think that you may have a cataract, it is important to schedule an eye exam with your ophthalmologist in Phoenix, AZ. Give us a call at 602-257-8280 or visit the team at Eye Doctors of Phoenix online to start treating your cataract symptoms today.