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Cataracts Specialist

Bulls Eye Care

Optometrist located in South Tampa, Tampa, FL

You might expect a blurring lens to only cause blurring vision, but cataracts can also cause vision issues like light halos, fading color vibrance, and glares. Dennis Garcia, OD, assesses your eye health and can treat your cataracts with surgery if you need it at Bulls Eye Care in Tampa, Florida. Schedule your next eye examination by calling Bulls Eye Care or using the online booking tool today.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts, a common eye problem, are areas where the normally clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy. They happen due to aging or injuries, which cause your eye’s lens to thicken and become firmer. 

While the most common cause of cataracts is natural aging, you might be at a higher risk for cataracts because of:

  • Diabetes
  • Past eye surgeries
  • Other conditions affecting the eye
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Ultraviolet (UV) light damage from the sun

You’re more likely to get cataracts in both eyes than in just one, but they typically develop unevenly with more advancement in one eye than the other. 

To diagnose your cataracts, Dr. Garcia performs a comprehensive eye exam at Bulls Eye Care using specific tests like slit-lamp examinations and visual acuity tests to determine how advanced your cataracts are.

How do cataracts affect my vision?

Your vision declines with cataracts because a clear lens makes for clear vision. Lens clouding causes your vision to get generally blurrier, but it can also affect your vision by causing:

  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Reduced night vision
  • Fading color vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Glares
  • Frequent eyeglass prescription changes

If you notice any of these vision changes, you should contact Bulls Eye Care for an assessment right away. Fortunately, cataracts tend to appear and get worse very gradually. Still, you should seek treatment as soon as possible to preserve your vision and slow further development. 

What is cataract surgery?

When the lenses of your eyes lose clarity due to a cataract, the only solution is to replace the lens through cataract surgery.  Dr. Garcia will perform a thorough preoperative eye examination to determine if surgery is appropriate for your individual case. We will further discuss the benefits, risks, available options, and preparation and recovery associated with the surgery to ensure that your goals and expectations are realistic. We closely work with you and top-rated surgeons to ensure the best surgical outcome.

To schedule an appointment at Bulls Eye Care for a cataract examination, call the office or book directly online today.