Open Your Eyes to the Possibilities
Your eyes provide you with a window through which to see and enjoy the world around you. But as our eyes age, they can become clouded with vision-impairing cataracts. Dr. Lester Kitchen diagnoses cataracts, prepares patients for cataract surgery, and manages post-operative care at his Austin practice. If you are diagnosed with cataracts, our team will make sure that you are informed and well prepared for surgery and will devote ample time to consulting you on the best course of treatment. To schedule a consultation,contact our practice today.
What Are Cataracts?
The natural lenses of your eyes capture an image, focus it on the retina, and send it to the brain. However, age can cause the proteins of your eyes to clump together, creating a cloud-like effect known as cataracts. Cataracts can cause delayed reaction time, poor judgment while driving, decreased ability to detect and identify obstacles, inability to differentiate between foreground and background, and an increased sensitivity to glare.
Cataracts are a very common condition, especially among those with a family history of cataracts, as well as smokers, victims of eye injuries, and people who suffer from high blood pressure, obesity, or diabetes. While cataracts typically develop as people get older, they can develop at any age. Regular exams are crucial as they allow us to identify possible vision problems such as cataracts in their earliest stages and establish an effective management program.
A thorough eye exam performed by Dr. Kitchen at our Austin office will allow us to determine whether you suffer from cataracts. Your vision will be tested, so be sure to bring your glasses or contacts with you to the appointment. We will also dilate your pupils to examine the condition of your eye. If you have any questions about cataracts or cataract surgery, this visit is a great time to address them.
There are different types of cataracts, including nuclear, cortical, posterior subcapsular, anterior subcapsular, and congenital. Each type affects your eye differently, but in any case, it is important that diagnostic tests are done as soon as possible so that your condition can be accurately identified. Tech Ridge Vision will then discuss your surgical options and changes that you can make to your lifestyle that will make living with cataracts easier.
Surgery is the only effective method of treatment available for cataracts, but has become highly advanced and incredibly safe and successful. The procedure involves the removal of the clouded portion of the lens and the placement of an artificial lens. If we determine that surgery is not your best option, there are non-surgical strategies that can help you live with cataracts. No matter what your treatment plan entails, Tech Ridge Vision will keep you educated and informed during every step of the process.
If you do undergo cataract surgery, you will return to Tech Ridge Vision a few days afterwards so that our doctor can confirm that you are healing properly. Once your eyes have completely healed, we will continue to see you for routine checkups and preventive tests.
Learn More about Cataracts
Are you ready to take control of your health and your vision? Dr. Kitchen has the experience and knowledge necessary to educate you about cataracts and cataract treatment. If you suffer from cataracts or think you may be at risk for cataracts, contact our Austin practicetoday.