Bristol, CT

Cataract Diagnosis & Co-Management

Bristol, CT

Cataract Diagnosis & Co-Management

Cataracts are a common eye condition that can occur as we get older. At Family Eye Care in Bristol, Connecticut, our eye care team is ready to diagnose cataracts and suggest changes to improve your vision during the early stages of cataracts. If surgery is necessary, we’ll refer you to a skilled ophthalmologist in your area and provide you with pre- and post-operative care. 

What are cataracts?

A cataract occurs when the clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy over time due to proteins breaking down and clumping together. As the cataract grows, it clouds more of your lens. While most cataracts form as a natural part of aging, they can also result from trauma or medical conditions like diabetes.

How are cataracts diagnosed?  

Our eye doctors can determine if you have cataracts during your comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, we’ll go over your medical history and symptoms and perform a series of tests to assess your eye health and vision. One of the tests we typically perform is a slit lamp exam, which uses a low-power microscope to check for cataracts and other signs of diseases.  

What are the treatment options for cataracts?

Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract, but you might not need it right away. In the early stages of cataracts, a new prescription for glasses or contacts may be sufficient to restore your vision. Our team at Family Eye Care will work closely with you to find the right prescription that helps you see better. Our eye doctor may also recommend more frequent eye exams to monitor your vision and ensure that your prescription provides the best possible vision.

When is cataract surgery necessary?

Once you reach the point where an updated prescription is no longer enough to correct your vision, we’ll refer you to a local ophthalmologist for surgery. Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. After your cataract surgery, our team at Family Eye Care will schedule follow-up visits with you to monitor your progress and recovery.

Our eye care specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing cataracts and offering care before and after cataract surgery. If you’re concerned about cataracts or are noticing vision changes, give us a call today to book an eye exam at our Bristol office.