Southern Eye Institute

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Board Certified Optometrist located in Houma, LA & Thibodaux, LA

Cataracts are the number one cause of vision loss in people over 40, affecting more than 24 million people in the United States. Cataracts can affect your ability to read, drive, differentiate color, and see long distances. Southern Eye Institute has a team of board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists experienced in cataract diagnosis and treatment who can help you regain your vision. If you have concerns about your vision, call one of the offices in Houma and Thibodaux, Louisiana, or request an appointment online today.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

A cataract is an eye condition characterized by a dense cloud that forms over the eye lens. This cloud is made from proteins in the eye merging over time, creating a barrier that prevents the eye lens from sending clear images to the retina. 

Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes and are more common with age. While painless, they do affect your vision. 

Cataract surgery is an extremely successful treatment that removes the cataract and improves sight.

Southern Eye Institute has a team of practitioners experienced in diagnosing and treating cataracts. If you've noticed changes in your vision, schedule a consultation today.

What are the different types of cataracts?

There are several types of cataracts, identified by where they develop in the eye and how.

Cortical cataract

A cortical cataract is a wedge-shaped cloud that forms around the lens’ edges. As it develops, it sends streaks toward the center of the lens.

Nuclear cataract

A nuclear cataract forms in the middle of the lens, turning it yellow or brown.

Posterior subcapsular cataract

A posterior subcapsular cataract is a fast-progressing cataract that forms near the back of the lens.

Secondary cataracts

Secondary cataracts are caused by certain medications or develop as a symptom of another condition. 

Congenital cataracts 

Congenital cataracts are either present from birth or develop during a baby’s first year because of genetics or trauma.

Southern Eye Institute treats cataracts in patients of all ages, improving vision and preventing further deterioration.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Cataracts progress gradually, and it can take some time before you notice any vision changes. Symptoms include:

  • Changes in color perception
  • Frequent changes to your vision prescription
  • Sensitivity to glare
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Dimmed vision
  • Poor night vision

Regular eye checks allow Southern Eye Institute to catch the first signs of cataracts early on.

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Southern Eye Institute removes cataracts using successful, advanced no-stitch surgery. In this type of procedure, your provider makes a tiny incision in the cornea, under the eyelid. The incision is so small it can seal itself.

The earlier a cataract receives treatment, the more successful the procedure. Once a cataract causes blindness, it becomes more difficult and complicated to remove.

Partner with Southern Eye Institute for your eye care needs and restore your quality of life. Call or request an appointment online today.