Cataracts are extremely common. More than 90% of adults have a cataract by the age of 65, although many don’t develop vision loss until later. Farnoosh Tinoosh, MD, diagnoses and treats cataracts at Universal Vision Medical Center in Costa Mesa, California. If you’re concerned about cataracts or other eye diseases, call or schedule a consultation online today.
You have a clear lens in each of your eyes that focuses light onto your retinas. As you age, the proteins in your lenses begin to break down, which creates a cataract that clouds your lens.
Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. Other risk factors include:
It’s possible, although rare, for younger patients to develop cataracts.
Most people are in their 40s when the proteins in their lenses begin to break down. While your eyes are changing, you probably won’t notice any symptoms until you’re in your 60s. Some of the common symptoms of cataracts include:
Cataract symptoms are progressive, which means they worsen over time.
Even if you don’t wear glasses or contact lenses, you should have an eye exam at least every two years. In many cases, Dr. Tinoosh diagnoses cataracts during a routine exam before you even notice symptoms.
When Dr. Tinoosh identifies cataracts, he might recommend more frequent eye exams to monitor their progress and provide customized treatments.
In the early stages of cataracts, Dr. Tinoosh monitors your eye health and the effects of cataracts on your vision. He might prescribe corrective lenses or recommend special light to help you see clearly when reading or doing other close-up work.
The only treatment for cataracts is a lens transplant. Cataract surgery is one of the most common and safest operations performed today.
During your operation, Dr. Tinoosh uses state-of-the-art ocular surgical technology to remove your clouded lens and replace it with a ReSTOR® intraocular lens (IOL). He offers several types of IOLs, including monofocal and multifocal.
Different types of lenses, including AcrySof® ReSTOR, TECNIS® multifocal, Crystalens®, and TECNIS Symfony® lenses, can provide clear near and far vision. Dr. Tinoosh discusses your options and answers your questions so you can make an informed choice.
If you’re concerned about cataracts or looking for an expert ophthalmologist, call Universal Vision Medical Center or make an appointment online today.