June is Cataract Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about this common eye condition that affects millions of people worldwide. At Shaaf Eye Center, we are committed to helping you understand cataracts, recognize their symptoms, and explore the effective solutions available to restore your vision. 

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts develop when the lens of your eye becomes cloudy, leading to a gradual decline in vision. This condition blocks light from reaching the retina, causing images to appear blurred and distorted. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to significant vision impairment or even blindness. 

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Symptoms of Cataracts 

Cataracts develop slowly and painlessly, making it easy to overlook the early signs. Here are some common symptoms to watch for: 

  • Blurred or Cloudy Vision: Objects may appear out of focus or hazy. 
  • Difficulty Seeing at Night: Night vision can deteriorate, making activities like driving more challenging. 
  • Increased Sensitivity to Light: Bright lights can cause discomfort or glare. 
  • Fading or Yellowing Colors: Colors may lose their vibrancy and appear yellowed. 
  • Double Vision in One Eye: You may see two images instead of one. 
  • Frequent Changes in Prescription: Your glasses or contact lens prescription might need updating more often. 

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to schedule an eye examination. Early detection and treatment can prevent further vision loss and improve your quality of life. 

Preventing Cataracts 

While some risk factors for cataracts, such as age and genetics, cannot be changed, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk: 

  • Wear Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from UV radiation by wearing sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. 
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions. 
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat a diet rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, to support eye health. 
  • Manage Health Conditions: Keep conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure under control. 
  • Regular Eye Exams: Routine eye check-ups can help detect cataracts early and monitor your eye health. 

Solutions for Cataracts 

Shaaf Eye Center is a premier destination for patients needing cataract removal and lens implant surgery at Rancho Mirage. Mehdi Shaaf, M.D and Kevin J. Prendiville, M.D., FACS are recognized for their expertise and personalized care. Using the latest technology and surgical methods, they ensure each patient receives tailored treatment aimed at restoring clear vision.  

During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. Our team will work with you to customize a treatment plan, offering a wide variety of advanced lens implant options to meet your unique lifestyle needs. The goal is to provide you with the clearest vision possible. 

Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen before seeking help. Schedule an appointment at Shaaf Eye Center today to protect your eye health and enjoy the best vision possible. 

Call us now to book your appointment and learn how our cataract surgery specialists can help you see clearer.

Visit our website or call us at (760) 346-5005 to get started. Your journey to clear vision begins with Shaaf Eye Center!