Cataracts Specialist

Scarbrough Family Eyecare

Optometry located in Traverse City, MI & Beulah, MI

Cataracts are a common cause of impaired vision in people 50 and older, causing blurry, cloudy vision. At Scarbrough Family Eyecare, the team detects cataracts and provides treatment for early stage cataracts including vision aids. The on-site optometrist, Edward Scarbrough, OD, also provides referrals for cataract removal surgery. Schedule an eye exam at one of the practice locations in Beulah or Traverse City, Michigan, or use the online booking tool.

Cataracts Q & A

How do cataracts affect vision?

Like a camera, your eyes have lenses that help focus light. When you have a cataract, the lenses become foggy, blurry, or cloudy. It’s as if your eyes have gone out of focus, and your vision is less sharp overall.

When you have a cataract that’s large enough to affect your vision, many everyday tasks and activities become more difficult. You may need more light to read, find it harder to see people’s facial expressions, or have trouble driving at night because of the glare from oncoming headlights. Other signs of a cataract include:

  • Needing to change your eyeglass prescription frequently
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Increased sensitivity to light or glare
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Colors appearing dull or less vivid

Cataracts are common among people 60 and older. They usually affect both eyes but don’t develop at the exact same time, so you may have worse vision in one eye than the other.

What causes cataracts to form?

Cataracts are made up of protein. Proteins are an important part of your eyes’ structure and function, allowing you to see. Cataracts form when these proteins break down and clump together, stopping light from reaching your eyes.

When you have cloudy vision from a cataract, it’s because you’re looking straight at the proteins. You may not notice a cataract in its early stages because it covers only a small part of your eye, and you can adjust. Over time, cataracts get worse because the proteins continue to build up, causing problems with your vision.

Cataracts are usually age-related, but they can also form from injury. Doctors don’t know exactly what causes cataracts, but you’re more likely to develop them if you:

  • Are obese
  • Smoke
  • Spend a lot of time in the sun
  • Have diabetes or high blood pressure

Be sure to schedule an appointment at Scarbrough Family Eyecare if you’re concerned about changes to your vision.

How are cataracts treated?

The only way to get rid of a cataract is surgery, but you might not need surgery right away.

If your cataract is only causing minor vision problems, you may be able to manage with a stronger eyeglass prescription. The optical shop at Scarbrough Family Eyecare offers anti-glare lenses, which can help you see better, including when you drive at night.

Your optometrist may also recommend brighter lighting for your home. Vision aids such as magnifiers may also be helpful for reading and other tasks.

If your cataract is large enough to require surgery, Scarbrough Family Eyecare provides referrals to ophthalmologists. Cataract surgery is a common, quick, and effective procedure that restores your vision. It involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens.

To schedule an eye exam, call Scarbrough Family Eyecare or use the online booking tool.