Cataracts Specialist

Bolduc Eye Care -  - Optometry

Bolduc Eye Care

Optometry & Contact Lens Specialists located in Biddeford, ME

Almost 25 million Americans aged 40 and up have cataracts. In its early stages, this widespread vision problem is often unnoticeable at first, so it's essential to get evaluated regularly by a trained optometrist. At the office of Bolduc Eye Care in Biddeford, Maine, the caring optometry team offers cataract exams, education, surgery referrals, and pre-and post-op care. Call the office or use online booking for help now.

Cataracts Q&A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are milky, cloudy-looking discolorations of your eye lens. Most men and women develop cataracts after age 60, but it could be 10-20 years before you suffer severe symptoms. 

Advanced cataracts can cause whole-lens clouding and almost complete blindness. But, with early diagnosis and treatment, you can slow cataract growth so you can delay surgery for as long as possible.

Why do cataracts form in the eyes?

Aging is the main reason that cataracts form. Cataracts are made up of natural proteins that stick together, something that's a common effect of aging. Other causes may include: 

  • Family history of cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Eye trauma
  • Excessive sun exposure without sunglasses
  • Corticosteroid medications

Sometimes, cataracts develop due to a combination of factors. When cataracts develop as a side-effect of aging, they usually grow very slowly. However,  if they happen because of disease or trauma, they can develop quickly.

What are the signs of cataracts?

The most recognizable symptom of cataracts is milky white eyes. Although that distinct hue doesn't necessarily show up until the cataracts are fairly developed, you might have other symptoms such as: 

  • Blurred vision
  • Halo surrounding lights
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Diminished color vibrancy
  • Needing new eyewear prescriptions frequently

Bolduc Eye Care includes cataract checks as part of all eye exams. If you experience any potential cataract symptoms, it's a wise idea to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Do I need surgery for cataracts?

Not necessarily. In many cases, you can take some simple steps like regularly updating your prescription, using brighter light to read, and adding anti-glare coating on your glasses to make it easier to live with cataracts. 

The only way to remove cataracts is surgery. Bolduc Eye Care refers you to the top cataract surgery specialists in the Biddeford area when you need surgery and then provides all the pre- and post-surgical care you need to enjoy safe and successful cataract removal. 

Bolduc Eye Care is dedicated to successful cataract care, whether it means monitoring, education, support, surgery referrals, or all of these things. Call either office in Biddeford, Maine, or click the online appointment maker for help today.