At JSR Opticians we offer a Cataract Screening service where your Optometrist will assess your eyes and decide whether or not you can be referred to the hospital for a full cataract assesment, which may result in surgery.
Cataracts are cloudy patches that develop in the lens of your eye and can cause blurred or misty vision. They are very common and usually appear gradually over time. Younger people can develop cataracts if they have an injury to the eye. Some medical conditions including diabetes or taking some sorts of medication may also cause cataracts. However the main cause is age, although smoking and exposure to sunlight have been linked to getting cataracts.
Although the early stages of cataracts may not necessarily affect your sight there are some symptoms, non of which involve obvious pain. Many people with a cataract notice that they have a change in prescription. You may feel that your vision is less clear and find bright lights such as headlights and streetlights very dazzling. Colours may become faded or yellowed. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to make an appointment to see us.
If your cataract is affecting your daily life and the aid of glasses is having no effect on improving this your Optometrist may refer you to an Opthomologist who will asses you and decide whether the operation is suitable for you.
The only proven treatment for cataracts is surgery. The surgery involves removing the cataract (cloudy lens) and replacing it with a clear one. The surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic and is very safe. Once you have had the cataract succesfully removed it will not return.
If cataract surgery is carried out you will be referred back to your optometrist for a post op eye examination after a few weeks.