Cataract Specialist in Richmond, VA

At Carl D. Outen, M.D, we are here to treat your cataracts to ensure that they don't interfere with your lifestyle. These cataract treatments are extensive and can sometimes include cataract surgery if the condition is severe.

What Is a Cataract?

In essence, a cataract occurs when the clear lens of the eye turns cloudy. This doesn't imply a growth or a tumor, just the fact that the lens has turned foggy. Your vision will appear as though you're looking through a windshield that has been frosted over. The effect is painless but makes your vision constantly blurry. The clear lens is situated just behind the iris, which is the colored portion of the eye. It draws light to the retina in order to provide clear vision. Cataracts block the light, keeping it from reaching the retina. However, there are times when the cataract is small and won't cause much blur. As such, it may not have to be taken out. If the cataract is larger, though, it will need to be removed.

Causes and Symptoms

Cataracts are typically caused by hereditary issues, eye injuries, simple aging, certain medications and medical issues like diabetes. Symptoms include glare, blurred vision, difficulties with driving at night and problems with color vision.

Cataracts Diagnosis

A cataract can't be seen by the naked eye. However, we will perform a comprehensive eye exam in order to identify it. If you suffer from symptoms of cataracts, contact us immediately. Improvement with glasses might be possible. Otherwise, cataract surgery may be necessary.

Cataract Surgery

More than 1 million people in the U.S. undergo cataract surgery each year. Vision is improved for more than 95 percent of all patients. The cloudy lens will be removed and replaced with a permanent lens implant to refocus the eye. The procedure is typically performed with topical anesthesia. Following surgery, eye drops and a few check-ups will be necessary. Complications are possible. If any complication occurs, call us at once.

If you have noticed cataract symptoms, visit us as quickly as possible. We will be able to tell you if the issues with your vision are because of a cataract or another problem. It's not possible to take preventative measures for cataracts. However, cataract surgery is extremely effective. If you have questions about cataracts or the procedure, contact us today!