It is very common for people to get cataracts especially after they are 60 years old. When a patient has a cataract, it means that the natural lens of their eye is thickening, and is affecting the way light images are sent to the brain. This is why people with Gualala cataracts have blurred vision; at our practice, Dr. Shipley & Associates, patients can be diagnosed and treated for their cataracts.
When you come to our vision practice for a comprehensive eye exam, you will be seen by one of our top-notch optometrists; either Dr. Les Shipley Dr. Margot Shipley or Dr. Nicole Wood. When patients are diagnosed with cataracts, they will probably need to have cataract surgery at some point. However, especially in the early stages, patients can often simply get a new lens prescription which will have them seeing clearly again until the cataract develops to a more advanced stage. Some patients can have their lens prescriptions updated several times until they need to get laser cataract surgery. However, most patients with cataracts will eventually need to have the surgery as the cataracts will most likely progress to the point where the patient will not be able to see at all, if the cataracts are left untreated. Our eye doctor can co-manage your Gualala cataracts, and let you know when they have reached the point where you will need laser surgery. Our eye doctor can also refer you to an expert eye surgeon in the area who specializes in laser cataract surgery. Happily today, cataract laser surgery is one of the safest and most common eye surgeries performed. It is performed on an outpatient basis while patients remain perfectly comfortable due to the use of anesthetic eye drops. During this surgery the old damage lens is removed through a tiny incision in the eye, and a new man-made lens is inserted in its place.
For an appointment to meet with our eye doctor for possible diagnosis of Gualala cataracts, contact us today.