Cataracts are common and may lead to vision changes. However, you have many treatment options for your cataracts to improve your vision, including cataract surgery. Board-certified ophthalmologist Anthony Cirino, DO, at Cirino Eye Center in Brunswick, Ohio, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, including the use of advanced tools and techniques for cataract surgery. Call the office or book an appointment online to schedule your cataract consultation.
The clear, natural lens in your eye bends light to help you see more clearly. With cataracts, your clear lens is cloudy, which affects your vision.
Though you can develop cataracts at any age, they most often occur as you get older. Around age 40, the proteins in your lens start to break down and clump together, creating the clouded lens.
You can develop cataracts in one or both eyes.
Initially, you may not experience any symptoms with cataracts. However, as the clouded area grows, you may start to experience vision changes such as:
Cataracts may also make you more sensitive to bright lights.
Cataracts are diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. Though the frequency of your eye exams depends on your vision needs and age, once you reach age 40, comprehensive eye exams should be part of your overall health and wellness plan.
Dr. Cirino is an experienced ophthalmologist and performs comprehensive eye exams at his office. During your exam, he reviews your vision changes and medical history and runs a number of tests to assess vision and eye health.
To diagnose cataracts, Dr. Cirino uses eye drops to dilate your pupils so he can perform a slit-lamp exam to evaluate your iris, lens, and cornea. He also does a retinal exam to evaluate your retina and optic nerve.
Dr. Cirino develops individualized treatment plans for cataracts based on the severity of the clouding and your vision needs. Initially, he may recommend prescription eyewear to improve your vision.
However, when your cataracts interfere with your daily activities, such as driving or reading, he may recommend cataract surgery. Dr. Cirino is an experienced eye surgeon and uses the newest 3D operating microscope to perform the procedure.
Dr. Cirino also offers many intraocular lenses, which are artificial lenses that replace your clouded lens. These IOLs may correct various vision problems such as astigmatism. After cataract surgery, you may no longer need to wear glasses.
Cataracts are common and treatable. To learn more about your treatment options, call Cirino Eye Center or book online today.