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Cataract Diagnosis & Treatment at Vision Source D.C. in Washington

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What Are Cataracts

As the normal proteins in your eye being to degrade with age, the lens becomes cloudy. This clouding of the lens is known as cataracts. Many people over age 60 have some degree of clouding in their lens, but may or may not present vision problems.

As cataracts progress, however, they typically lead to worsening vision. Treatment options have reduced the number of Americans who go blind from cataracts, but they are still a leading cause of blindness worldwide.

How We Diagnose Cataracts

An annual exam is the best way to diagnose cataracts. At your eye exam, your optometrist will evaluate your eyes for visual acuity or your ability to see detail. They will also perform a slit-lamp exam, which involves shining a light into the eye to get a close look at your eye’s structures. In some cases, it will be used with a dilated eye exam for an even closer look.

There are signs and symptoms of cataracts to look out for, as well as factors that increase your risk. Signs and symptoms include vision problems like glare, trouble seeing detail, and blurry vision.

The most common risk factor for developing cataracts is age. Typically, cataracts affect people age 40 or older. In addition to age, other risk factors include:

  • Family history of cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Eye injury or surgery
  • Sun exposure

How Cataracts Are Treated

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a treatment that is often used for advanced cataracts. In the early stages of cataracts, they are managed with stronger eyeglass lens prescriptions in most cases. Surgery is typically only recommended as cataracts progress to the point where they interfere with everyday tasks like driving.

The most common method used in cataract surgery involves removing the cataract with a high-frequency ultrasound device. Cataracts can also be removed using laser surgery. Once the cataract is broken up and removed, a prosthetic lens is inserted.

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We’re located in Northwest D.C. to care for all your eye health needs.

Our Address

1776 G Street NW, Suite 104
Washington, D.C 20006

Contact Information

Phone: (202) 298-6878
Fax: 202.347.7180

Hours of Operations

8:30am – 5:00pm
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*The office is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. No walk-ins are available on Saturdays. The office is only open for patients with appointments.*


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