My Vision Is Blurry, But Eyeglasses Don't Help
North American Precis Syndicate
If everything looks foggy, even when it's sunny out, you may have cataracts. See an ophthalmologist to find out. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Some eye conditions cannot be corrected with eyeglasses—but
they can be helped. If you have a cataract, a condition in which the lens in
your eye has become cloudy and vision becomes blurry—as if you’re
looking through a foggy windshield—you need to see an ophthalmologist.
As physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care,
ophthalmologists treat all diseases and conditions that affect the eye. You
will first need a comprehensive dilated eye exam. The ophthalmologist will
dilate your pupil to see the back of your eye to make the cataract diagnosis.
Here are some vision changes you
might notice if you have a cataract:
• Difficulty seeing clearly or sharply
• Seeing two images instead of one
• Being extra sensitive to light, needing to shield eyes to prevent
• Trouble seeing well at night or needing increased light to read
• Seeing bright colors as faded.
EyeCare America May Be Able To Help
If you are concerned about the cost of the exam, the American
Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America
program may be able to help. This national public service provides eye care
through volunteer ophthalmologists for eligible seniors 65 and older, and those
at increased risk for eye disease. To see if you or your loved ones are
eligible, visit www.aao.org/eyecareamerica.
I Have Cataracts, What’s
You and your ophthalmologist should discuss your cataract symptoms.
Together, you can decide whether you are ready for cataract surgery.
Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. During surgery, your
ophthalmologist will remove your eye’s cloudy lens and replace it with
an artificial lens. If you decide to have cataract surgery, your doctor will
discuss several options with you.
Check to see if you are eligible for EyeCare America by
completing a simple online questionnaire. There are more than 5,500 volunteer
ophthalmologists across the U.S.
waiting to assist you.
Since 1985, EyeCare America has helped nearly 2
million people with sight-saving eye care and resources. More than 90 percent
of the care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. Grateful
patient Connie, from Toledo,
OH, said, “Thank you for
the chance to get help. I went 20 years without checking my eyes.” EyeCare America
is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, with additional
support from Alcon.
“The American Academy of
Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program is a
national public service providing eye care through volunteer ophthalmologists
for eligible Americans 65 and older, or otherwise at increased risk for eye
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)