For Help with Cataracts, Call the Dominion Eye Care Ophthalmologists Serving Manassas, Warrenton, Gainesville, Front Royal, and Northern VA
At Dominion Eye Care, in Manassas and Warrenton, VA, our eye doctors have been treating patients with cataracts for many years. Cataracts are a natural clouding of the lens of the eye that happen to everyone over time. Some patients develop cataracts at an earlier age due to prior eye surgery, long term steroid use, or other medical conditions that predispose to early cataracts. Almost all patients will undergo cataract surgery at some point due to advancements in the safety and precision of the surgery, which can restore excellent vision after the cataract has been removed. Early cataracts can be watched until they start to impact your life and function. The ophthalmologists at Dominion Eye Care perform hundreds of cataract surgeries a year and are very experienced at counseling you regarding the status of your cataract and whether it is time for you to consider having the cataract removed.
Cataract Diagnosis in Manassas and Warrenton, VA
Cataract development is often noticed by patients when they start to develop blurry vision and/or glare symptoms, especially when not corrected by an updated glasses prescription. The experienced ophthalmologists at Dominion Eye Care can help diagnose early and advanced cataracts and discuss how they may be impacting a patient’s visual experience. Cataracts are detectable through a simple examination under the slit lamp microscope where the physician can detect a range of changes in the natural crystalline lens of the eye.
Cataract Treatments in Haymarket and Prince William, VA
Unfortunately, there are no medical treatments that currently exist for cataracts. Once cataracts develop, patients may decide to either monitor them and optimize their vision with glasses or to pursue cataract surgery. Glasses may help to correct the vision with the current state of the cataract, however the cataract may continue to grow and change at a fairly rapid rate that may change a patient’s glasses prescription within months. Other times, the cataracts may be slowly progressing and may change little over the course of several years. Since cataract surgery is elective, it is ultimately up to a patient’s discretion of when they would like to pursue surgery to maximize their vision and reduce bothersome blurriness and glare. When cataract surgery is pursued, the surgeon will take the cataract out of its natural support structure in the eye and replace it with an inert intraocular lens (IOL) that will stay with the patient for the rest of their life.
Cataract Surgery in Northern VA
Cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the United States since most patient’s will ultimately have them removed at some point in their life. The surgery is performed in an outpatient setting under light (“twilight”) anesthesia and takes about 10-15 minutes to accomplish. There are numerous options for cataract surgery nowadays to help optimize a patient’s vision after the procedure and restore as wide a range of vision as possible. Please refer to our website’s cataract surgery section for more details (cataract surgery, premium cataract surgery, and multi focal IOL cataract surgery).
If you have been diagnosed with Cataracts, please call the ophthalmologists at Dominion Eye Care in Manassas and Warrenton VA. We are here to help.
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