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    Breaking Down Common Symptoms of Cataracts

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Cataracts may be just a minor nuisance at first, but symptoms will progressively worsen without treatment. It’s important to know how this condition affects eyesight and to consult an ophthalmologist for help when cataract symptoms impede everyday activities. With cataract surgery, patients can enjoy clear vision free from these common eyesight problems:

    Double Vision
    The appearance of double objects can be one of the more evident signs of cataracts, as well as one of the more disconcerting aspects of this condition. This symptom can be not only troublesome to sufferers, but also dangerous to others. Especially when someone with cataracts continues to drive or handle machinery, double vision can result in harm to those around him. As a result, seeing double should serve as a sign that cataracts may be present and treatment is necessary.

    Glare
    On a bright day, any number of objects can reflect enough light to cause significant glare. Yet for people with cataracts, glare may become a problem even when they are inside the home, as even a bedside lamp can become an uncomfortable glare nuisance. Some individuals may also find driving in the dark to be a challenge. As cataracts grow, they can cause glare from passing cars’ headlights and illuminated roadside signage. When glare begins to interfere with ordinary activities such as reading and driving, it may be time to consult an ophthalmologist.

    Blurriness
    Many cataract sufferers complain of generally blurry vision, which can occur due to the presence of deposits in the lenses. These deposits obstruct the ability of light to enter and reach the retina, contributing to unfocused eyesight. As the deposits continue to build in the lenses, vision can diminish into blindness. Cataract surgery can remove the clouded lenses and replace them with intraocular implants that restore clear eyesight to the patient.

    Are you suffering from murky vision or glare problems? Lerner Eye Center in San Ramon can help. Our team of laser eye care specialists offers cataract removal surgery that can restore vision and eye health. For more information, visit our website or call (888) 820-9600.

    What Is an Ophthalmoscopy?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    The goal of a general eye exam is to assess eye function and look for signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Throughout the course of an eye exam, an ophthalmologist may administer several tests, including an ophthalmoscopy. This test involves the use of a device that shines light into the eye to view its internal structures. An ophthalmoscope can also magnify the size of these structures for a comprehensive evaluation. By peering into the eye, an ophthalmologist can visually gauge whether the retina is in good health. Considering that macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other conditions can progress for a period of time without noticeable changes to vision, an ophthalmoscopy can help ophthalmologists find eye problems and provide treatment for them before they cause permanent vision loss. 

    Lerner Eye Center recommends annual eye exams for patients residing in the East Bay Area. Has it been more than a year since your last exam? If so, call (888) 820-9600 to schedule a visit at our location.

    Eating for Your Eye Health

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Degenerative conditions that impair vision often develop due to the buildup of free radicals. This video discusses how diet can offset this cause of poor eyesight and blindness.

    Many foods contain antioxidants, nutrients that can clear free radicals from the body. Fruits and vegetables in particular contain high levels of antioxidants, so establishing a diet rich with fresh produce can help in protecting the eyes from macular degeneration. Specifically, ophthalmologists recommend eating foods with ample vitamin A and vitamin E. Tomatoes and red peppers are just two examples of produce that can aid in staving off eye disease.

    Lerner Eye Center in the San Francisco East Bay Area offers treatment services for a variety of eye conditions. For an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists, call us today at (888) 820-9600.

    A Patient's Guide to Glaucoma

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Glaucoma is among the most common causes of vision loss and blindness in the U.S. It refers to a group of eye conditions that involve damage to the optic nerve. This is usually caused by unusually high intraocular pressure, or pressure within the eye. Since early detection of glaucoma offers the best possible outcome for patients, it’s always a good idea to schedule regular eye exams with your local ophthalmologist.

    Symptoms
    When glaucoma is in its early stages, it doesn’t typically cause symptoms. You may only realize you have glaucoma when you visit your ophthalmologist for your regular eye exam. When symptoms do arise, they vary depending on the exact type of glaucoma you have. For example, if you have primary open-angle glaucoma, you’re likely to experience tunnel vision, or the loss of peripheral vision. If you have acute open-angle glaucoma, you may report eye pain, blurry vision, halos around lights, and eye reddening. You might also suffer from a sudden visual disturbance, and you may have nausea and vomiting with very severe eye pain.

    Causes and Risk Factors
    Your eyes continually produce fluids. Sometimes, the drainage mechanisms can become clogged, preventing proper drainage of the fluid and elevating intraocular pressure. This elevated pressure can damage the optic nerve. Ophthalmologists have discovered several risk factors that can increase the chances you’ll be diagnosed with glaucoma, including being over the age of 60, having a family history of glaucoma, and being myopic. Diabetics and those who have used steroid drugs extensively are also at a higher risk.

    Treatment Options
    Although no cure exists yet for glaucoma, your ophthalmologist can recommend a number of treatment options to prevent or delay vision loss. Glaucoma treatment often begins with special eye drops and sometimes oral medications. You may also be a good candidate for laser treatment or eye surgery.

    The ophthalmologists of Lerner Eye Center will work closely with you to develop a glaucoma treatment plan that’s right for you. We also provide general eye exams to enable the early detection of eye diseases and conditions. Residents of the East Bay area are invited to call us at (888) 820-9600 or explore our range of services on our website.

    Is the ReSTOR IOL Procedure Right for You?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you have cataracts, consider talking to your ophthalmologist about whether the ReSTOR IOL procedure could be right for you. A cataract is a cloudy area on the eye’s lens. During cataract surgery, the ophthalmologist removes the lens and inserts an intraocular lens (IOL) implant, such as the ReSTOR IOL. Traditional monofocal IOL implants only allow you to focus at one distance. This means that you would need glasses even after your cataract surgery.

    However, with the groundbreaking technology of the ReSTOR IOL implant, you can enjoy clear distance and near vision. The ReSTOR IOL procedure offers freedom from bifocals or reading glasses, giving you one less thing to worry about after your surgery!

    The ophthalmologists of Lerner Eye Center are pleased to offer the ReSTOR IOL procedure to our valued clientele in the San Francisco East Bay area. To learn whether you might be a good candidate for cataract surgery with the ReSTOR IOL implant, call our ophthalmology office at (888) 820-9600.

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