Early Detection of Cataract and Blindness

Early Detection of Cataract is Key to Preserve Sight

Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. During Cataract Awareness Month in June, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Griffin Eye Center reminds the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts:

Blurred Vision- Can happen with objects close-up or at a distance.

Seeing Halos around Lights- Halos are bright circles that surround a light source, like headlights. While glare is light that enters the eye and interferes with your vision.

Frequent changes to eyeglasses prescription- You may find that one prescription is not best and you frequently squint.

Poor night Vision- You may also have sensitivity to light and trouble seeing in poorly lit places.

Faded or dull colors- With age we lose the ability to clearly distinguish certain colors, cataract surgery can make major difference because it replaces lenses in the eyes, clearing away the yellowish film.

The greatest risk factor for cataracts is simply getting older. The eye’s lens is made up of water and proteins, and over time those proteins begin to clump together, leading to the blurry and fuzzy vision of cataracts. You can change your eye glass prescription only so much, but the only way to cure the cataract is with surgery. This procedure involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Since each patients’ eye is unique leading surgeon, Neil B. Griffin, M.D., provides a full range of intraocular lenses with the most advanced surgical technologies to help patients be less dependent on glasses and enjoy visual freedom. He is currently the first and only ophthalmologist in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area to offer all three cutting edge lens options: Alcon’s PanOptix® Trifocal Lens, Vivity® extended range of vision lens and the new RXSight® Light Adjustable Lens.

Dr. Griffin is one of the leading ophthalmologists in the area and specializes in Cataract and LASIK surgery.  He is committed to providing world class surgical technology and the most advanced vision diagnostics to the South Carolina area. Griffin Eye Center offers the latest in cataract surgery with the most advanced Intra-Ocular lenses.

If you think you may have cataracts or want further information visit www.griffineyecenter.com or call 843-449-6414.