Skip to main content
Menu
Home » What's New » This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Examination in Costa Mesa Now

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Schedule your Eye Examination in Costa Mesa Now


Many individuals aren't aware that cataracts are the number one culprit for sight loss amongst those over 54. In fact, over half of the population above age sixty-five have some degree of cataract development.


What are cataracts?


A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. This inhibits the transmission of light necessary for vision.


Signs of cataracts


Cataracts are sometimes brushed off as typical age-related vision loss, however there are certain characteristics to look for that characterize them. Depending on the type of cataract, you may experience blurry vision, increased glare from light or a decrease in color vibrancy. Some types of cataracts are completely asymptomatic until they are more advanced while others may even result in what is known as second sight'' or a temporary improvement in near vision.


Cataract derives from the Latin cataracta meaning ''waterfall''. This may be because the appearance of white opacities in the eye resemble the cloudy rush of water which also appears white. Cataracts that develop as a result of aging usually show an initial cloudiness in the lens, followed by swelling and shrinkage of the lens leading to a total loss of transparency and blindness.


Preventing and Treating Cataracts


There is no surefire way to prevent cataracts but some say that guarding your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses can reduce cataract development. Some studies indicate that taking antioxidants and limiting salt intake may also prevent development.


During the initial stages, vision correction can help improve loss of sight, however, at some point vision may deteriorate enough to require surgery. Cataract surgery is in fact the most common surgery in America and is generally a success. Generally, the surgeon takes out the opaque lens and implants a clear plastic lens called an IOL (intraocular lens). In 90% of patients, nearly perfect vision is achieved.


Don't let vision problems go untreated. An annual eye exam is advised for every adult, particularly those over 40. Call our Costa Mesa, CA eye practice today to book an appointment.

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

x

Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
Click here to read more