Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic Offers Help for Cataracts
Cataracts are a common problem of aging and are often associated with diminished vision and difficulty performing everyday tasks. Our eye doctor can detect cataracts during an eye exam and advise you when treatment is necessary. At Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic in Mankato and New Ulm, we offer effective treatments for cataracts to help you see clearly again.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are the clouding of the normally clear lens of the eyes. Generally, cataracts affect people over the age of 55, but cataracts can also affect infants and children. The lens of the eye is located right behind the iris, where people have their eye color. Over time, this lens can deteriorate, leading to several symptoms that affect good vision.
The Symptoms of Cataracts
Cataracts become progressively worse over a period of time. You may experience clouded or blurred vision, increased difficulty driving at night, sensitivity to light and fading or yellowing of colors. You may notice “halos” around lights and may need frequent changes of prescription in the lenses of your glasses or contacts. Some people experience double vision in one eye.
The Causes of Cataracts
Age, smoking, obesity, and previous surgery on the eyes are known causes of cataracts. Excessive drinking and use of corticosteroid medications are also linked to cataracts. If you are frequently exposed to direct sunlight and don’t protect your eyes with sunglasses, you are at a higher risk for cataract development
An eye doctor can diagnose cataracts during your regular comprehensive eye exam, in addition to testing your visual acuity and the external structures of the eye, such as the lens. The eye doctor will dilate your pupils to examine the internal structures of the eyes to detect any problems with the retina or optic nerve.
Our eye doctor will monitor your cataracts over time. At some point, your optometrist will advise you to have the cataracts removed. This surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens that provides better clarity of vision. Millions of people have undergone cataract surgery with very good results.
Contact Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic For Eye Care
Our highly trained team uses their extensive training to serve our patients in Mankato. Call Carlson-Tillisch Eye Clinic at 507-354-7407 for our New Ulm office and 507-345-5087 for our Mankato office. Contact us today for an appointment at an office near you to have your eyes examined and to learn more about cataract treatment.