Everyone over the age of 60 will at some point develop cataracts. A cataract can progress until eventually there is a complete loss of vision in your eye, so proper diagnosis and treatment is important to your overall eye health.

How will Dr. Leonard diagnose your cataract?

A cataract usually can’t be seen simply by looking into the eye, and must be diagnosed during a dilated eye examination. During your exam, Dr. Leonard will use an instrument called a slit lamp to determine the type, size and location of the cataract. This will illuminate and magnify the structures of the eye.

If a cataract is diagnosed, several other tests are performed. We will measure your loss of contrast and how glare may be affecting your vision both during the day and at night. An A-scan and Lenstar are tests which determine the length of your eye and help us determine the correct power of lens Dr. Leonard will implant. We may also use a Topographer to measure and map the curvature of your cornea.  Other tests, such as an endothelial cell count, may also be used depending on individual circumstances.