Cataract Diagnosis and Preventiom
Cataract diagnosis is usually not a very difficult problem, but it can be challenging in areas where access to a doctor isn't easy. This is true in rural areas of the United States, and in lesser developed countries.
CNN reported recently that smartphones may be the answer to this problem! A small device is attached to the phone, and the phone is held up to each eye individually. The software focuses beams of light into the eye, and the patient presses a button when the light appears faded. Next, the software analyzes the information, and provides a virtual map of the cataract in the patient's eye!
This information may be used to guide patients in their need for surgery, or to counsel them to avoid smoking or ultraviolet light. These are two of the biggest promoters of cataracts, and moderation can slow down the progression of cataracts.
Ultimately, cataract surgery is usually needed to cure the problem, and is very successful. A quick, painless outpatient procedure is performed, and vision is restored.
For more information, call Dr. Goldstein's office for an appointment at 586-323-2020, or go to his website.