At What Age Can Cataracts Develop in the Eye?
Cataracts are a global scourge. Estimates vary, but it's believed that there are more than 65 million people with cataracts worldwide. Other figures are just as alarming. In about 80% of cases, cataracts cause significant vision loss. The formation of these cloudy spots in one's visual field is inevitable. And it requires professional treatment because it will not go away on its own. Quite the opposite: cataracts are the cause of around half of the world's 40 million cases of blindness.
And if you're suffering from cataracts, it's vital to get in touch with us in Baton Rouge, LA as soon as possible. Without optical intervention, the problem will only worsen. So, don't stand idly by while cataracts gradually rob you of your vision and independence. Fight back by scheduling a consultation with our expert team at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians.
At what age do cataracts begin forming?
Our experienced ophthalmologists are trained for early detection so that we can devise a personalized treatment plan with your optimal outcome in mind as soon as possible. And the quicker we detect the problem, the better the outcome will be.
Unfortunately, the formation of cataracts cannot be stopped or slowed. It occurs against our best efforts due to the inescapable aging process and begins in one's 40s. Aging causes a deterioration of all body tissues, including those in the eye. The lens, which helps to focus light on the photoreceptors of the retina, is one of the affected body tissues.
As years roll by, the lens grows thicker, more inflexible, and loses clarity. And the proteins in the lens begin to degrade, then accumulate into light-blocking clumps. These clumps crowd the lens and cloud more and more of one's vision until blindness may occur.
How do our top-notch eye doctors treat cataracts?
The progression of cataracts is different for everybody. Age is the primary consideration, though factors like underlying disease and certain medications may influence cataract formation. Accordingly, your options will vary based on severity. At earlier stages, you may benefit from glasses or contact lenses. If the situation is advanced, a more invasive procedure may be necessary.
But your vision and eye health don't have to suffer. Removing cataracts is a simple, safe process that's among the most practiced in the world. Whether it's traditional or laser-assisted, cataract surgery removes cataracts and the now-faulty, fogged-up lens, which is replaced with a premium intraocular lens (IOL) that provides clearer vision and immunity from future cataracts.
A clearer, brighter future is a single call away
Cataract development and impact vary on a patient-by-patient basis. So, for the best results possible, our treatment strategy relies on offering everyone an individualized plan for their unique needs.
Yet one thing that never differs is our dedication to your eye health and visual prowess. By quashing cataracts, we'd love to help you enjoy a brighter, clearer future. All you have to do is reach out to us at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians in Baton Rouge, LA.