Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam or Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Myopia, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is LASIK eye and vision surgery an option for you ? Or you just need help with conjunctivitis, Red eyes or even Twichy eye, our Watertown eye doctor is always available and ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.
Cataracts Q&A with Dr. Zoellick
What are cataracts and how can they be treated?
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside the eye. They are common with age, certain medications and medical conditions. Patients usually feel like they are looking through a dirty window, cannot see colors the way they used to or have increased difficulty with glare. Currently, the treatment is surgery to remove the cloudy lens. Stay tuned for medical advances in cataract treatment in the future!
Can younger people get cataracts?
You may have a cataract from birth. Yes. Very rare but you could be born with cataracts or cataracts could be caused from injury or surgery. Some cataracts may have a little dot – congenital cataract that doesn’t affect your vision and you won’t even notice. The doctor may see it on exam.
Do I have to wait until my cataracts are “ripe” before I can have them removed?
No! Waiting for cataracts to get “ripe” refers to an outdated surgical technique. Today, we recommend cataract-removal when your quality of vision interferes with your quality of life. It is possible to have 20/20 vision, yet be so disabled by glare from headlights or sunlight, that cataract surgery may be the right treatment. We will monitor your cataract progression and help you decide the proper timing of cataract surgery.
If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight. We accept a wide range of insurance plans.
Please call our office at: 920-228-8311 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel your need to find the nearest emergency room.