A cataract is an eye condition where clouding develops in the crystalline lens of the eye. This clouding can vary in its opacity and causes vision loss by reducing the light entering the eye. Cataracts typically progress slowly but are potentially blinding if untreated. The condition usually affects both the eyes, but almost always one eye is affected earlier than the other. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in the over 50’s. There is growing evidence about the effect of ultraviolet light in the formation of cataract.
As with most eye-conditions, early detection can lead to more effective and better treatment of the condition with less risk involved. At Mairead O’Leary Opticians, we understand the importance of eyesight and can relate to the effect vision loss can have on one’s life. We have the latest optical equipement using advanced technology to recognise and diagnose cataracts, amongst other age related conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. After your eye test, our team of optometrists and opticians can refer you on to specialists to obtain treatment for your cataracts. Remember, the earlier the detection, the better the chances of treatment. So, call in to our branches if you suspect you have a cataract developing or know someone who may be suffering from cataracts.
As professional eye-care providers, we have a number of options to protect your eyes against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. Most people talk about ultraviolet eye protection and think only about sunglasses. But we can also provide ultraviolet protection with some of the latest contact lenses. Please click on our 3D animation below to learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery