Cataracts Screening at ABC Vision Source
Cataracts are an eye condition that causes cloudiness in your lens and can result in significant vision loss if left untreated. Cataract screenings are vital for protecting your eye and vision health if you are over 60 or have other risk factors for cataracts. Our optometrist at ABC Vision Source in Hillsboro, Portland, and Sherwood, OR, provides screenings and cataract co-management to keep your vision strong. Continue reading to learn more about cataracts and how cataract screenings can help you.
Cataracts are areas of cloudiness that cover the lens of your eye. You may not notice changes in your vision due to your eyes adjusting to the incremental changes from cataracts. The progressive nature of this condition means noticing symptoms of cataracts without an eye exam is nearly impossible until it reaches the later stages. Later stages of cataracts can lead to noticeable vision loss and blindness if left untreated. Early detection of this eye disease allows for proper management and treatment that protects your vision.
Cataract Risk Factors
Being 60 or older is a common risk factor for cataracts. Other risk factors include having diabetes, smoking, and being obese. Your risk of cataracts may also be higher if your eyes get exposed to a lot of sunlight, you have a family history of cataracts, or you have a previous eye injury. A cataract screening is necessary to determine if you are developing in one or both eyes and the severity of the condition.
What to Expect From Cataract Screenings
Cataract screenings typically get done as part of a routine eye exam once you are 60 years old. This screening involves our optometry team evaluating your eye health and looking for evidence of cataract formation. We can then address this disease and take steps to help protect your vision.
Cataracts Co-Management Services
Our optometry team can help you manage cataracts through multifocal lenses to improve your vision at all distances. We can also help with your pre-op and post-op care if you decide to get cataract surgery. Our eye doctor can evaluate your eyes to ensure they heal properly after your procedure and offer advice on maintaining your clear vision. These cataracts co-management services are crucial for lowering your risk of vision loss.
Our eye doctor can also offer lifestyle advice and tips to reduce your risk of cataracts. Some ways to lower your risk of developing cataracts include limiting eye exposure to UV rays, eating a diet that supports eye health, and quitting smoking. Managing diabetes or other conditions that affect your eyes is also helpful in lowering your chance of having cataracts.
Schedule a Cataract Screening With Our Eye Doctor in Hillsboro, Portland, or Sherwood, OR
Cataracts can significantly impact your vision and lead to blindness if left unmanaged, so contact ABC Vision Source in Hillsboro, Portland, or Sherwood, OR, to get the eyecare you need to protect your eye and vision health. Call us and schedule an eye exam today at our Hillsboro office at (503) 649-7566, our Portland office at (503) 473-8039, or our Sherwood office at (503) 625-5599.