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Cataract Diagnosis & Treatment at Eye Central in D.C. Capitol Hill & McLean

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What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts occur when proteins in the eye break down and cause cloudiness or opacity to develop. While cataracts are a common part of ageing, if they are left untreated they can significantly impact your vision. Cataracts are a common cause of vision impairment in elderly Americans. Because of the diagnosis and treatment options available, they are not a common cause of blindness in America, but they are worldwide.

How We Diagnose Cataracts

A number of methods can be used to diagnose cataracts. An eye chart or visual acuity test can be an indicator of cataracts, as they can affect your ability to see detail. A slit-lamp exam will likely be used to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, a slit-lamp exam may be used with a dilated eye exam.

Any symptoms you’re experiencing as well as your risk for developing cataracts will be considered when assessing you for cataracts. For example, age is a huge factor in cataract development as only 5% of people under 65 have cataracts, but 50% of people over 75 have them. Sun exposure and eye injuries can also increase your chances of developing cataracts.

Signs of cataract development include blurry vision, trouble seeing detail, and glare. In many cases, the glare will be especially noticeable when driving at night. Cataracts often develop gradually, so the best way to know you have cataracts is to visit your optometrist for an annual exam.

How Cataracts Are Treated

Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is a common treatment for cataracts as they progress. Surgery is not recommended immediately in most cases, assuming that you have been visiting the optometrist regularly and your cataracts have been monitored. Cataract surgery is usually only recommended when your cataracts begin to interfere with day-to-day activities like reading and driving.

The most common type of cataract surgery involves removing the cataract with a high-frequency ultrasound device and then implanting a prosthetic lens. Laser surgery for cataracts is also becoming more common, as lasers help to break up the cataract and reduce the need for blades and incisions.

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D.C. Capitol Hill

Our D.C. Capitol Hill location is conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hank’s Oyster Bar and the 7-Eleven.

Contact

Phone: 202.546.2838

Capitol Hill

635 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

Hours

Monday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 6 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday
Closed
D.C. Capitol Hill

D.C. Capitol Hill

Our D.C. Capitol Hill location is conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Hank’s Oyster Bar and the 7-Eleven.

Contact

Phone: 202.546.2838

Capitol Hill

635 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

Hours

Monday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 6 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

McLean

Our McLean location is conveniently located on Old McLean Village Drive next to Focal Point Homes.

Contact

Phone: 703.356.1292

McLean

6740 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

Hours

Monday
9:00 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 6 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed
McLean

McLean

Our McLean location is conveniently located on Old McLean Village Drive next to Focal Point Homes.

Contact

Phone: 703.356.1292

McLean

6740 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101

Hours

Monday
9:00 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM – 6 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM – 5 PM
Friday
9:00 AM – 4 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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