Is your vision starting to look cloudy or foggy? Are you having issues driving at night or seeing facial expressions?
Has it seemed like your prescription for glasses or contacts won’t stop changing? These are some of the warning signs that you might have cataracts.
Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, when it is usually clear. When you have cataracts, looking through a cloudy lens is like seeing through a foggy window.
If you have cataracts, it becomes difficult to drive at night. Things like reading or seeing facial expression can become impossible.
Cataracts are a common eye condition that people experience as they age. Keep reading to learn more about some common warning signs of cataracts!
What is a cataract?
Usually, cataracts develop over time and they do not affect your vision early on. But as time passes, cataracts will start impacting your vision. This is one of the many reasons that it is important to get regular eye exams.
If a cataract is still developing, you may be able to get by with using more light and stronger glasses to see. As your cataracts get worse, this becomes harder and harder.
In the beginning, cataracts only affect a small part of the lens. As they get bigger, they cloud up more of your lens and affect more of your vision.
If your vision problems start to impact your life, then it may be time to consider cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is a safe and successful procedure.
Symptoms of cataracts include:
- Cloudy, blurry or faint vision
- More difficulty with your vision at night
- Being sensitive to light and glares
- Seeing halos around lights
- Realizing that you need brighter lights for reading or other activities
- Experiencing double vision in one eye
- Colors look faded or more yellow
- Needing to change glasses or contact lens prescriptions often
It is easy to find out if you have cataracts. All your doctor has to do are a few easy, painless and noninvasive tests.
The tests include looking at the thickness of your cataract, glare, and refraction. After these tests, your eye doctor will discuss your treatment options.
If your cataract can no longer be helped with glasses, you’ll need cataract surgery. Leaving a cataract untreated can result in blindness unless the cataract is removed.
But cataracts only need removal if they are causing significant vision problems. When cataracts affect your quality of life, it is worth discussing cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is a common procedure. Most patients even report having better vision after cataract surgery than ever before!
Reducing your risk of developing cataracts early
Although you can’t prevent cataracts, you can reduce your risk of early cataracts. These include healthy habits like eating well, exercising, and wearing sunglasses.
If you’re a smoker, you should stop as soon as possible, as this is one of the worst risk factors. You should also avoid binge drinking and have regular eye exams. Following these helpful tips could make a difference in when you develop cataracts.
Do you think you have cataracts? Schedule an appointment at our Bloomington location today!