Cataracts FAQs

At Reeve-Woods Eye Center, we diagnose and treat several eye conditions and diseases which include cataracts. Cataracts affect millions of people in the U.S. alone, mostly seniors. These frequently asked questions from our Chico & Paradise optometrists provide more information about this eye condition and what can be done to treat it.


What exactly are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of your eye which obstructs your sight. They occur when proteins within the lens clump together and obstruct light from passing through, forming a “cloud” over the lens of your eyes. Cataracts generally start small and grow larger over time. In the advanced stages, cataracts can seriously impair your sight.

What causes cataracts to develop?

Most cases of cataracts are age-related which is why cataracts are more common in seniors than any other age group. You may start developing cataracts in your 50s but not experience any symptoms until you’re 60 years or older. Eye trauma, the use of certain medications, certain medical conditions, environmental factors, and overexposure to the sun can also contribute to the development of cataracts.

What are some signs of cataracts?

Cataracts rarely show symptoms in the early stages. As the condition worsens, however, you may start experiencing the following problems with your vision:

  • Cloudy, distorted or double vision
  • Fading of colors
  • Appearance of halos around light
  • Sensitivity to glare or light

It’s always good to contact your optometrist if you have any problems with your vision.

How are cataracts diagnosed?

Your Chico & Paradise eye doctor can diagnose cataracts during an eye exam. Our optometrist will dilate the pupils of your eye to examine the lens and cornea for signs of eye conditions. By giving you a visual acuity test, our optometry specialist can also determine how the cataracts are affecting your vision.

How can I prevent cataracts from forming?

There’s no way to prevent cataracts entirely as most cases occur due to age. By taking care of your eyes and overall health, however, you can reduce your risk of cataracts due to eye trauma, environmental factors or health conditions.

How are cataracts treated?

In the beginning stages, you may not need treatment as cataracts aren’t affecting your vision. Eyeglasses or contacts can correct mild symptoms of cataracts that are hindering your sight. When cataracts become so bad that they interfere with your daily life, our optometry specialist may recommend cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective means of curing cataracts and restoring your vision.

See Our Chico & Paradise Eye Doctor for a Proper Diagnosis

Don’t let cataracts keep you from enjoying your life and the world around you. Contact our Reeve-Woods Eye Center optometrist at 530-899-2244 today to learn more about cataract diagnosis and treatment.


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