How to Recognize the Signs of Cataracts
Cataracts are a common eye condition that usually happens as a result of aging. The condition affects millions of individuals in the United States alone. In fact, by the time they reach the age of 80, over half of all Americans have either had cataracts or cataract surgery.
A cataract forms when the proteins in the lens of the eye clump together. This causes the lens to become cloudy and vision is impaired. Vision loss will become progressively worse as patients age.
Many people may have cataracts and not realize it because changes to their vision happen slowly over time. Let’s look at four common signs of cataracts.
The first symptom most people notice is simply that their vision changes without warning. Cataracts cause your vision to become cloudy, almost like you are looking through a piece of glass.
Cataracts often cause halos to begin to form around light sources. This can make it incredibly difficult to see and can cause increased sensitivity to light. This sensitivity will likely continue to increase as your condition worsens.
Poor night vision
Because of the cloudy vision and sensitivity to light, many cataract patients have trouble driving at night. The lights from other cars can seem blinding and it can be hard to make out street signs.
Over time, cataracts can cause a noticeable discoloration in the lens of your eye. Many patients notice their eyes develop a yellowish tint to them.
In the early stages, there are ways you can manage the symptoms of your cataracts. Simple lifestyle changes like getting a stronger prescription can make it easier to go about your daily activities.
Over time, however, these adjustments may become less effective and cataract surgery may be the best option for you. During cataract surgery, the cloudy lens is replaced with a clear intraocular lens.
If you think you have been experiencing some of the signs of cataracts or if you want to learn more about cataract surgery, we would love to talk to you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.