Understanding Cataracts

Understanding Cataracts

What causes cataracts?

What causes cataracts?

Besides seniors, who else is more likely to develop cataracts?

Besides seniors, who else is more likely to develop cataracts?

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

How are cataracts treated?

How are cataracts treated?

Do treatments always improve vision?

Do treatments always improve vision?

What are the risks involved with cataract surgery?

What are the risks involved with cataract surgery?

What can I do to prevent cataracts?

What can I do to prevent cataracts?

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What are the most common signs and symptoms of sun damage to the eyes?

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What are the most common mistakes made regarding eye protection from the sun?

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Who is most at risk for eye damage due to sun exposure?

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What can I do to prevent cataracts?

What can I do to prevent cataracts?

What are the risks involved with cataract surgery?

What are the risks involved with cataract surgery?

Do treatments always improve vision?

Do treatments always improve vision?

How are cataracts treated?

How are cataracts treated?

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Besides seniors, who else is more likely to develop cataracts?

Besides seniors, who else is more likely to develop cataracts?

What causes cataracts?

What causes cataracts?

Understanding Cataracts

Understanding Cataracts

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Laura D. Cook

Assistant Professor of Opthalmology, University of Virginia-Department of Opthalmology

www.healthsystem.virginia.edu  

434-924-5485

The Ophthalmology Residency Training Program at the University of Virginia was separated from Otolaryngology in 1947. Since 1978, it has been under the leadership of a full-time academic faculty. The Department currently serves as the ophthalmic referral center for central and western Virginia and parts of West Virginia, North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

What can I do to prevent cataracts?

Laura D. Cook, M.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, explains how cataracts affect your vision including how to prevent cataracts.

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Host: What can I do to prevent cataracts?

Dr. Laura D. Cook: Your options are limited in terms of prevention. If it's associated with a disease process like diabetes, controlling your blood sugar to try and prevent these kinds of complications or if the complication of an early cataract will be helpful and decrease earlier cataract formation or necessitate cataract treatment earlier. In terms of steroid use, limiting steroid use to patients who truly need it for poison ivy, for sun burns, for things like that, but there are many patients who steroids are just an amazing drug and they treat the condition and then we treat the side effects if it's necessary, and then lastly, the easiest thing you can do is wear sunglasses. It's been shown that sun exposure accelerates cataract formation and it's a cumulative exposure. Everybody is going to develop cataracts as they age, but they may develop at a younger, the more sun exposure there is and so in terms of sunglasses, wearing them at a young age and being consistent about using sunglasses with UV protection is important.