Cataracts Specialist

Jason Eugenides, OD -  - Optometrist

Vanderbilt Optical

Jason Eugenides, OD

Optometrist located in Naples, FL

Cataracts can cause your vision to become cloudy, blurry, or opaque. Left untreated, a cataract can lead to vision loss or other health complications. To get medical treatment for your cataracts, visit Dr. Jason Eugenides at Vanderbilt Optical in Naples, Florida. Book an appointment today to start your journey toward healthier eyes.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

A cataract forms when the normally clear lens behind the iris of your eye becomes clouded. If you have a cataract, it might seem like looking through a foggy window. In the early stages, a cataract may not significantly affect your vision. In fact, you may not even know you have one. As the condition progresses, however, it may become more difficult to do normal activities, like read or drive.

If a cataract is left untreated, it can cause vision loss. Some patients may be able to cope with the symptoms of cataracts by getting eyeglasses, but medical intervention is often necessary.  

What are the symptoms of a cataract?

Signs and symptoms of cataracts vary from one patient to the next, but some common indications of the condition are:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Rapid changes in your vision prescription
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Changes in your perception of colors

In the beginning stages, a cataract may only affect one part of your eye. As it grows, however, it can affect your entire eye, and symptoms worsen.

What causes cataracts?

Cataracts develop in many people as the natural result of aging. Over time, the tissue of your eye lens changes. In other cases, cataracts can develop due to:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Eye injury
  • Eye surgery
  • Prolonged medication use
  • Excessive sunlight exposure

Some people are born with cataracts or develop them as children, which suggests there is also a genetic component to cataracts.

How are cataracts treated?

At Vanderbilt Optical, Dr. Eugenides treats cataracts on a case-by-case basis. Some patients may need cataract surgery, which involves removing the lens in your eye and replacing it with an artificial one.

Some patients may be able to avoid cataract surgery if their cataracts aren’t extremely progressed. In these cases, wearing eyeglasses and practicing good eye health habits can prevent the need for further interventions.

To prevent cataracts, get regular eye exams, wear sunglasses in bright sunlight, and avoid driving at night or other activities that might cause strain on your eyes.

If you’re interested in learning more about cataracts and their treatment, book an appointment at Vanderbilt Optical. Call the office to schedule or book immediately online.