Cataracts in Seattle, WA

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Cataracts are usually a natural part of the aging process. After the age of 40, proteins within the eyes' lenses start to degrade or lump together. The opacity resulting from cataracts eventually worsens and keeps light from hitting the retina the way it needs to. This fogging of the lens of the eye causes worsening vision, and typically, complete blindness if not discovered early and treated correctly.

Dr. Scott Campbell and his staff can detect and address cataracts in the earliest stages and guide you in successfully navigating progressing symptoms. At SPEX, we treat people who have cataracts nearly every day. Developing cataracts is quite common — so common that cataract surgery is the leading surgery performed in the United States. Approximately two million individuals have cataract surgery every year. Cataracts usually form quite slowly so patients with the initial stages typically are not even aware of their condition. Slow-forming cataracts are a major reason why having a comprehensive eye exam at least every two years is critical to your overall eye health.

Call our Seattle, WA office soon to schedule a comprehensive exam or see how we can help you treat your cataracts.

The development of cataracts is a normal part of the aging process and the natural degradation of the proteins of the lens of the eye. This process occurs in everyone, though there are further behavioral and medical issues that may aggravate the process. Lifestyle choices, like tobacco use, drinking (excessive consumption), and prolonged UV-ray exposure, have been linked to cataracts, as well as some medical conditions, like diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Other factors that can exacerbate the process include:

  • Genetics
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Injury to the eye
  • Degenerative myopia
  • Prescription or nonprescription use of steroids

To determine if someone has a cataract, an eye doctor conducts an in-depth eye exam. The team at SPEX is highly trained on the tests included in a thorough cataract exam. The typical tests to look for cataracts are all extremely easy, fast, and painless.

To begin, Dr. Campbell will perform a standard vision test. This is generally done with an eye chart. After that, he will often conduct a contrast sensitivity test, which is very similar to an acuity test but measures how clearly the patient can see contrast in images. After these tests, a slit lamp exam is often performed. For a slit lamp exam, Dr. Campbell uses a special microscope that shines a strong but extremely thin "slit" of light into the eye to look at its outermost structures. Lastly, he will conduct the retinal exam and depending on the results, a potential acuity meter (PAM) exam. Prior to these tests, dilating the pupils using special eye drops is required. Enlarging the pupils is very important because it enables the largest vantage point to examine the complete surface of the lens for any cataracts. If cataracts are detected, then the PAM exam might be done. A potential acuity meter (PAM) exam measures a patient’s possible clarity of vision without the cataract. The potential acuity exam can be quite important in selecting which IOL to use if the patient opts to have surgery.

Dr. Campbell is THE BEST. The staff squeezed me in to his busy schedule for an irritating eye issue. I was in and out in 10 minutes, he determined exactly what was going on, and had a quick solution!!! Did I mention THE BEST!!!

J.O. Google

Dr. Campbell and his team are phenomenal. They are all so thoughtful, respectful, knowledgeable, and kind. Each visit is pleasant and efficient. I would highly recommend going to Spex. Additionally, they have a wide array of fashionable and interesting glasses frames to choose from.

K.M. Google

While visiting Seattle from Houston, the screw came out of the arm of my glasses. The lovely ladies at Spex were able to fix my glasses better than before with a locktite screw. I am so thankful to be able to use my glasses! Thank you so very much!

C.M. Google

The optometrist has (innovative) excellent communication skills. I felt really confident with his advice and prescription. The two staff members made for a comfortable, memorable experience and I will definitely return for my next eye exam.

P.T. Google

Dr. Scott Campbell is the best! Our family has been seeing him for many years and my husband and I have moved to 2 different locations that put us 5+ hours and 1.5 hours from his office. We still keep him as our eye doctor. His office is immaculate, his staff is very friendly, caring and helpful, and Scott is up on the latest new eye conventions. He does refer patients to other specialties when needed. Our experience is that he is always on time so no unnecessary waiting for your appointment. His office is in the middle of the downtown core, 1 block from Nordstrom. I never hesitate to recommend Dr. Scott Campbell at Spex!

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Seattle, WA patients who suspect they have cataracts or who haven’t had a comprehensive eye exam recently need to make a visit with SPEX right away. People over the age of 40 need to have comprehensive eye exams every two years in order to detect and manage cataracts and other eye diseases. With an early diagnosis, our team can create a customized plan to help you with your condition.

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