What Factors Can Increase My Risk of Cataracts?

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Cataracts can be one of the most potentially serious eye disorders for at least a couple of reasons. First, this is an age-related condition, so even those who adhere to optimal eye health strategies may begin developing cataracts once they reach their 40s. Second, cataracts can lead to complete vision loss if left untreated, which makes this age-related disorder the number one cause of blindness around the world.

Plus, while it may be impossible to prevent cataracts, numerous factors may speed up their formation. But you don't have to settle for gradual vision loss because our ophthalmologists at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians are here to offer you the most modern and advanced treatment options available. Contact us to discover how we can help you in Baton Rouge, LA.

What factors can increase my risk of cataracts?

There are multiple factors that can increase one's risk of cataracts. And while some can be avoided, the main factor is age. This sight-stealing condition may begin forming in those around 40, resulting from a breakdown of the proteins in the eye's lens. The eye's lens is normally clear to allow light to pass through to the light-sensing retina at the back of the eye. But cataracts cloud the surface of the lens as its proteins continue to break down and aggregate into cloudy clumps. Without professional intervention, the cloudy clumps continue to grow and block more and more light from reaching the retina. Eventually, total blindness can occur.

In addition to age, numerous other factors may play a role in the formation of cataracts:

  • Sun exposure (UV rays)
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Previous ocular injury
  • Past eye surgery
  • Certain medications, such as steroid-based drugs

What options are available to treat my cataracts?

The above factors can prove influential for eye health. So, for your best possible outcome, we invite you to explore your treatment and management options in Baton Rouge.

Treatment and management options may include various strategies, including lifestyle modifications such as a wellness-improving regimen focused on total health. We can also help boost your eyesight and increase your daily functionality through our full spectrum of IOLs, or intraocular lenses.

IOLs are placed in the eye following cataract surgery to replace your eye's natural lens, which has become clouded with cataracts and must be removed. Fortunately, your new IOL offers many advantages, including the ability for visual focus at multiple ranges. Depending on your choice, toric and multifocal lenses can also correct other conditions, such as astigmatism. Plus, IOLs are crafted from medical-grade synthetic materials, so they are immune to future cataracts.

See clearly once again without cataracts

There's no reason to suffer the progression of cataracts because we're here to offer you state-of-the-art options in Baton Rouge. Our wide selection of IOLs can help you regain your visual clarity, focus at multiple ranges, prevent future cataracts, and enjoy other life-boosting benefits. To learn more, contact us at Baton Rouge Eye Physicians.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.