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Understanding How Cataracts Form

Some people may be familiar with the changes in appearance cataracts cause, which include milky cloudiness. The early stages of this condition often have little noticeable effect on your ability to see’ however, as the cataract progresses, patients have difficulty performing regular tasks such as driving and reading.

At Landa & Landa Eye Care Specialists, we restore patients’ vision through custom cataract surgery and have created this guide to explain how cataracts develop, how they can be prevented, and what can be done to correct them when.

The Different Kinds of Cataracts

There are three varieties of cataracts, each developing differently from each other, though resulting in the same loss of vision. These types include:

  • Subcapsular Cataracts: This occurs at the back of the lens.
  • Nuclear Cataracts: These cataracts begin at the center of the lens and often result in a temporary enhancement of patients’ vision—called second sight—before progressing.
  • Cortical Cataracts: This form of the condition begins at the edge of the lens and progresses towards its center.

Contributing Factors

There are a number of components that contribute to the development of cataracts. Age is considered the primary cause for many cases. This occurs as proteins in the eye clump together, clouding the eye and blocking the clear passage of light through the lens. Other common contributing factors include:

  • UV Radiation
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Prolonged Corticosteroid Use
  • Alcohol Overconsumption

Cataract Prevention

One of the most effective ways to prevent cataracts while patients are young is to avoid habits that are damaging to your help. Smoking and over consumption of alcohol can be curbed or cut out completely, not only enhancing patients’ ocular health but their overall physical health. Other potentially negative influences should be as controlled as possible, preventing overexposure to UV rays and keeping ailments such as hypertension and diabetes in check according to your doctor’s advice.

Custom Cataract Surgery for Restored Vision

If you are currently experiencing cataracts, Landa & Landa Eye Care Specialists in Savannah can help. We provide custom cataract surgery, allowing patients to regain clear vision. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and are looking to have your vision restored through state-of-the-art cataract surgery, contact Dr. Landa today.