Dr. David Aizuss of Encino and West Hills, California is a dedicated professional ready and willing to help patients improve their eye health and vision. Many adult patients who are aging may have certain concerns regarding their vision. Cataracts is one of many eye diseases that can occur. It is the number one cause of vision loss in patients over the age of 40, and the principle cause of blindness around the world.
What are cataracts?
Cataracts is a condition that can cause clouding of the vision by impacting the eye’s natural lens. This clouding may occur anywhere in the eye, which results in various types of cataracts, including:
- Subcapsular cataract
- Nuclear cataract
- Cortical cataract
What are the symptoms of cataracts?
During the initial and early stages of cataracts, many patients will not experience any symptoms that may greatly impact their vision. They may notice slight blurring of the vision, but not enough to make many patients think much of the problem. Patients with early stage cataracts may also notice increased sensitivity to lights such as lightbulbs or the sun. Glaring while driving at night or on a rainy day may also be noted. Colors may dull, and changes will continue to occur without treatment. The best way to determine if cataracts are present is to request an evaluation from an eye doctor.
What causes the development of cataracts?
Studies still struggle to find a definitive cause of cataracts. However, there are some risk factors that may increase one’s chances of developing cataracts within their lifetime. Some factors may include:
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Continued, long-term use of corticosteroid medications
- Cholesterol medications such as statin medicines
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Increased ultraviolet radiation
- Previous eye surgeries, inflammation, and injuries
- Smoking and significant alcohol consumption
Request your visit with Dr. David Aizuss today
If you live in the areas of Encino and West Hills, California and desire an evaluation, contact Dr. David Aizuss to schedule an appointment. The Encino office can be reached by calling (818) 907-1038 and the West Hills office can be reached by calling (818) 346-8118.