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Why It's Important to Get a Cataract Evaluation

Cataracts are not all created equally, nor do they all require the same treatment in order to get the best result possible. If you’ve been experiencing signs of cataracts like blurred vision or seeing halos around lights, it’s important to discuss all your visual complaints with an eye doctor and have a complete eye exam before going any further. Here’s a little more about why, and how we handle a cataract evaluation at Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center.


Cataract questionnaire 


Vision problems are not always straightforward, but are often rather nuanced and complex. As a result, it’s important you get a complete assessment if you’re having difficulty seeing or believe you might have cataracts. Before we have a patient undergo a cataract evaluation with one of our doctors, we first have them fill out a cataract questionnaire. 


In this questionnaire, we ask them to describe the signs of cataracts they’ve been experiencing. We also gather important information about their lifestyle, so we can better understand their visual needs. All of these details will be given to their potential surgeon, so they can get a 360-degree view of the patient’s visual situation and concerns. 


Complete a thorough eye exam


Next comes the actual eye exam. Once the eye doctor is aware of all lifestyle implications the patient has been experiencing due to visual problems, as well as other complaints, they will know precisely what to look for in the exam. 


While in this appointment, the doctor will perform several tests and take a measurements in order to find out whether you have cataracts, as well as their severity and size. 


Decide on next steps


Once you have completed the cataract questionnaire and eye exam, you will talk with your eye doctor about treatment options. If surgery is the best course of action for you, they will explain the various lens choices (monofocal, multifocal or toric), as well as the optimal type of procedure for your eyes and lifestyle needs. After speaking with the doctor, you meet with a surgical coordinator who will explain what to expect and the next steps towards completing your cataract surgery.

No matter what your particular cataract situation is, our eye doctors can help you navigate the best treatment for you. Contact us today to schedule a cataract evaluation, and get started on your way to better vision.