Cataracts Specialist

Julia Zyrina, OD -  - Optometrist

Pine Vision Care

Julia Zyrina, OD

Optometrist located in Philadelphia, PA

Cataracts are very common with age. In fact, by age 80, more than 50% of Americans have, or previously had, cataracts. Although it’s true that cataracts can cloud your vision badly, there’s good news: Julia Zyrina, OD, at Pine Vision Care in Philadelphia performs comprehensive cataract evaluations to determine what type of treatment is best for you. If you need cataract removal, Dr. Zyrina refers you to a skilled local cataract surgeon and co-manages your care throughout the surgery process. Book your cataract evaluation online or by phone now.

Cataracts Q & A

What are cataracts?

Cataracts, a clouding of your eye lens, are a problem that often develops with age. Most seniors have at least one cataract during their lives. Although every cataract can be different, cataracts often have the potential to grow so cloudy that they turn your eye's lens white. If you don't get treatment, cataracts could potentially cause vision loss.

What are the signs of cataracts?

Although cataracts don't always cause problems at first, they tend to worsen if untreated. You may notice the following symptoms.

  • Blurry vision
  • Nighttime glare, especially when driving
  • Steadily worsening vision, including prescription changes
  • Halos around lights
  • Double vision
  • Yellow-tinted vision

If you're dealing with any of these symptoms, it's important to reach out for help before your vision grows even worse. Schedule a cataract evaluation at Pine Vision Care to find out whether you have cataracts, and what you should do about it if so.

What is a cataract evaluation?

In a cataract evaluation at Pine Vision Care, Dr. Zyrina does a series of tests to determine whether you have cataracts and whether you need treatment for cataracts at this time. These tests may include:

  • Vision test: eye charts and other methods measure your visual acuity
  • Contrast sensitivity: checks vision changes in reduced light or other contrast changes
  • Slit lamp exam: magnifies your eye so Dr. Zyrina can look for cataracts
  • Pupil dilation: whole-lens exam to determine whether cataracts are causing vision issues

Dr. Zyrina can customize your cataract exam for your situation. After the exam, you'll know whether you've got cataracts and whether they're significantly interfering with your vision.

What is the treatment for cataracts?

Cataract treatment depends on how your cataracts are affecting your vision. If your cataracts aren't yet causing any serious issues, Dr. Zyrina may recommend special glasses with anti-reflective coating, nighttime driving glasses, or both to help you retain your vision.

Anti-reflective coating can greatly reduce glare. Nighttime driving glasses are often treated with anti-reflective coating and also have amber-colored lenses that reduce glare from light sources like neon signs or stoplights.

If you need cataract removal, Dr. Zyrina can refer you to an experienced local cataract surgeon. She will co-manage your care throughout the cataract removal and then continue as your eye doctor post-surgery.

Book your cataract evaluation at Pine Vision Care through the online tool or by phone today.