EYE ON HEALTH
My Vision Is Blurry, But Eyeglasses Don’t Help
(NAPSI)—Some eye conditions cannot be corrected with eyeglasses—but they can be helped. If you have a cataract, a condition in which the lens in your eye has become cloudy and vision becomes blurry—as if you’re looking through a foggy windshield—you need to see an ophthalmologist.
As physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care, ophthalmologists treat all diseases and conditions that affect the eye. You will first need a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The ophthalmologist will dilate your pupil to see the back of your eye to make the cataract diagnosis.
Here are some vision changes you might notice if you have a cataract:
• Difficulty seeing clearly or sharply
• Seeing two images instead of one
• Being extra sensitive to light, needing to shield eyes to prevent eye pain
• Trouble seeing well at night or needing increased light to read
• Seeing bright colors as faded.
If you are concerned about the cost of the exam, the
I Have Cataracts, What’s Next?
You and your ophthalmologist should discuss your cataract symptoms. Together, you can decide whether you are ready for cataract surgery.
Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. During surgery, your ophthalmologist will remove your eye’s cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens. If you decide to have cataract surgery, your doctor will discuss several options with you.
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If everything looks foggy, even when it’s sunny out, you may have cataracts. See an ophthalmologist to find out.
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