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Cataracts – Why They Develop and What Can Be Done

Charles Blotnick, MD - Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Cataracts develop slowly and are usually caused by the natural aging process. However, eye trauma, long term steroid use, inflammation and prior eye surgeries can also lead to the development of a cataract. Since the eye works like a camera, the lens in the front of the eye focuses what you see onto the film in the back of the eye. This is the retina. When this lens becomes cloudy, a cataract is developing.

The early symptoms of cataracts include difficulty with night driving, halos appearing around lights, sensitivity to light, double vision in one eye and challenges when reading small print. Cataracts do not cause any pain or redness. However, when you reach the point where you are unhappy with your vision and new glasses and/or contacts cannot improve it, your doctor at Mecklenburg Eye Associates will discuss the cataract surgery procedures we offer as surgery is the only way to treat cataracts.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective surgical procedures being offered today. It is generally painless and takes around 15 minutes to perform. Done on an outpatient basis, the eye is anesthetized with eye drops and then an incision is made to remove the cataract. This is replaced by a lens. There are several options for the type of lens that will be inserted. Rarely are shots, needles or stitches required as the incision is quite small and the eye heals naturally. The healing process typically takes less than a month. Most patients can return to normal activities the day after their cataract surgery.

Your vision will then be clearer and sharper; colors will be much brighter. Plus, most patients are much less dependent on glasses and some never have to wear them again.

For more information regarding cataracts and cataract surgery, please contact us at (800) 628-EYES (3937) to schedule a consultation. An appointment can also be scheduled by filling out the on-line patient application linked to our website.


Diabetes And Its Potential Danger To Your Vision

Remedy Billing - Friday, December 02, 2016

Diabetes occurs when your body has trouble processing the sugars that it needs for energy. As a result, your blood sugar levels can dramatically increase above the normal range. Symptoms of diabetes include excessive hunger and/or thirst, unexplained exhaustion, frequent urination, blurred vision, numbness and tingling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see your primary care physician immediately in order to have a blood test that will determine if you have diabetes.

Regarding your vision, diabetes can cause one or more serious eye problems which, without diagnosis and a treatment plan, can result in a complete loss of vision. Other potential problems include blurry vision, dry eyes, cataracts and/or diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the high sugar levels in the bloodstream cause damage to the walls of the arteries that carry your blood throughout your body. As a result, fluid and blood can leak out into your retinas. Diabetic retinopathy can be determined by your eye care specialists at Mecklenburg Eye Associates. A special exam, which includes dilating your eyes so that we can look inside by utilizing today’s most advanced technology, will identify this bleeding and/or leaking. A customized treatment program would then be discussed and implemented.

At Mecklenburg Eye Associates, we are specialists in diabetic eye care and have invested in the training and technology required to treat diabetic patients. We strongly believe that the earlier we can determine the damage and/or potential damages that result from diabetes, the more effective we are in treating and preventing vision loss. Regular eye exams are also mandatory.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us at (800) 628-EYES (3937) or fill out the on-line patient application form.

For more information about diabetic retinopathy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology website: http://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-diabetic-retinopathy


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