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Cataract Surgery Symptoms and Testing

Sep 26, 2012 @ 08:09 AM — by Jeffrey Schultz
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Cataracts are one of the most common age-related conditions to affect patients in their senior years. At Lifetime Eye Care, Cleveland optometrist Jeffrey Schultz recommends regular, comprehensive eye exams for our senior patients. During an exam, we can screen for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other conditions that may affect the health of our patients' eyes.

At What Age Do Cataract Develop?

Although cataracts may start to develop when a patient is in his or her 40s and 50s, they generally do not begin to have a serious impact on vision until patients reach their 60s. The National Institute of Health estimates that half of Americans aged 65 years and older have cataracts. Indeed, according to a report compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 54 percent of patients aged 85 years or older have had cataracts surgically removed.

Cataract Risk Factors

In addition to age, there are a number of other risk factors that increase a patient's likelihood of developing cataracts. These include:

Cataract Symptoms

When a cataract begins to form, it typically does not result in any symptoms. Over time, as the protein clumps together, the cataract becomes so dense that patients experience:

Cataract Testing

It is important that patients aged 65 and over undergo annual eye exams so Dr. Schultz can check for various eye problems. Cataracts can be detected with the help of the following tests:

Cataract Testing

If Dr. Schultz determines that you have developed a cataract, you have two treatment options.

To schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Lifetime Eye Care in Cleveland, contact us today.