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Signs and Symptoms That You May Have Cataracts

Having clear and healthy eyes is something that a lot of people take for granted. While you may be able to see clearly and have no vision issues today, issues can develop over time. This is particularly true for senior citizens who are far more susceptible to a variety of eye diseases and illnesses when compared to younger people. One eye disease that tends to affect seniors more than others is cataracts. There are several signs and symptoms of cataracts which should indicate that you need to see an ophthalmologist for senior eye care as soon as possible.

Cloudy Vision

One of the most common signs that can indicate the presence of cataracts is cloudy vision. Cataracts are a condition where your eye lens seems cloudy and more challenging to see through. Flushing out your eyes or cleaning out your contacts or glasses will not help with this condition. At first, this may not be very noticeable, but it can get worse and harder to manage over time.

Nightvision Issues

Another sign that you are struggling with cataracts is if you are having issues seeing at night. Due to the cloudiness that comes with cataracts, it can affect your vision at all times of the day. However, if your vision seems to be worse and less clear at night, it may be a sign that you have cataracts. Those that have this condition should be wary of driving at night as nighttime conditions can make it dangerous. 


People with cataracts also frequently report that they notice a glare or a halo when looking directly at a light. Depending on the severity of the condition, this can be distracting or make it difficult to see clearly. Once again, driving may be an issue especially with the glare of the headlights on the vehicles in the opposite lane.

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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you must come in to see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. There are several treatment options for cataracts and they all begin with a proper diagnosis provided by an eye doctor. If you live in or around Phoenix and you are looking for senior eye care, call Eye Doctors of Arizona today at (602) 257-8280.

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Dr. WarrenDr. Warren H. Heller MD,  Ophthalmologist

Dr. Warren H. Heller is an Ophthalmologist in Phoenix providing complete eye care services for the surrounding communities.

As a licensed ophthalmologist, Dr. Heller provides exams, diagnoses, and treatment of all disorders that affect the eye or vision. In addition to training in eye diseases and disorders, Dr. Heller is also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. With this background, Dr. Heller is trained to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension.

Dr. Heller works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. It is because of Dr. Heller's dedication to continuing education that our Phoenix patients receive the most modern and progressive vision care available.

Dr. Matthew

Dr. Matthew A. Heller DO,  Ophthalmologist

Dr. Matthew Heller received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He attended medical school at Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona and completed his internship at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Heller completed his residency in ophthalmology at Nova Southeastern University/Beraja Medical Institute/Larkin Hospital in Miami, Florida. During his residency, he received the Patrick Murray Academic Achievement Award from the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2015. Dr. Matthew Heller is a board certified ophthalmologist who treats all kinds of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eyes. 

Dr. Benjamin

Dr. Benjamin L. Heller  DO,  Ophthalmologist

Dr. Ben is a 2nd generation board certified Ophthalmologist who was born and raised here in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Arizona State University. He furthered his education with a medical degree at Touro University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada. Dr. Ben completed Ophthalmology residency at Nova Southeastern University in conjunction with Larkin Community Hospital.

Dr. Ben specializes in high volume cataract, MIGS, refractive cataract, pterygium and strabismus surgery. His true passions professionally are surgical procedures and research. He is active in research and is currently enrolling patients in several trials ranging from glaucoma surgical devices to dry eye trials.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Dr. Christopher

Dr. Christopher J. Johnson OD,  Optometrist

Dr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. He went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry degree from Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry. 

During his training, Dr. Johnson earned a prestigious designation of membership in the BSK International Optometric Honor Society. He served as President of the Sports Vision Club at Midwestern University. During his clinical externships throughout much of the Southwestern United States Dr. Johnson gained experience and clinical expertise in a wide variety of eye conditions including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, binocular vision disorders, and pediatric eye care. He is instrumental in pre and post-operative care for many surgeries performed in our practice including Lasik and cataract surgery. Dr. Johnson is an expert in fitting glasses and contact lenses, including hard to fit multifocal and scleral contact lenses. Dr. Johnson is committed to excellence in eye care here in the valley. 

Dr. Randy

Dr. Randy Wolfe  OD  Optometrist

Dr. Wolfe received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He later earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry.

During his training, he participated in elementary school screenings, volunteered for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, and was involved in the research on Environmental Humidity and Stability of Tear Film.

Dr. Wolfe is passionate about thorough patient education and excellent patient care. His experience working with multiple sites in Arizona provided him with expertise in various eye conditions including Dry Eye and other Ocular Surface Diseases, Cataracts, Glaucoma, binocular vision disorders, Diabetic Retinopathy, Age Related Macular Degeneration, Foreign Body Removal, Uveitis, and Corneal Ulcers.

Dr. Wolfe provides routine eye exams, medical, pre and postoperative care. He is an expert in fitting glasses, soft contact lenses, and specialty contact lenses for Keratoconus and irregular corneas. He grew up here in the Valley and is dedicated to exceptional eye care.

Dr. Alex

Dr.  Alex Christensen  OD  Optometrist

Dr. Alex Christensen received his Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry degree from Midwestern University – Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, Arizona.

During his clinical external rotations, he received training in primary care, pediatric, and post-operative examinations as well as ocular prosthetic, specialty contact lens, and electrodiagnostic evaluations.

Dr. Christensen then completed a residency for further specialization in ocular disease and pathology at the Doris Miller Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Waco, Texas. There he managed complex cases involving diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, diplopia, uveitis, retinal detachments, and ocular trauma.

Outside of work, Dr. Christensen loves spending time with his family.

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