Cataracts can impair your vision and even cause vision loss. They can make it difficult to drive at night or read up close. If the vision loss becomes too severe you may want to consider cataract surgery.
Keep reading for the 3 most common signs and symptoms of cataracts!
1. Blurred Vision
The most common symptom of cataracts is experiencing blurred vision. This can take several different versions for people.
Your vision may be blurry up close and make it hard to read. Blurred vision can also make you feel like you’re looking give your through a foggy window. It can also make you see double.
If your blurry vision becomes so bad you can’t recognizes the faces of friends or family, you should consider cataract surgery.
2. Difficulty Seeing at Night
Cataracts can make it difficult to see at night. This can make it harder to walk around in the dark.
It can also make it unsafe for you to drive at night. You may see halos around artificial lights such as headlights or from street lights.
It is important to stop driving at night if you find it hard to see or if you are seeing halos. When it gets to this point, you will need to undergo cataract surgery before driving at night.
3. Vision Loss
Cataracts can cause vision loss. This can be in the form of blurry vision, difficulty seeing up close, or difficulty seeing at night.
They can also cause sudden vision loss that can leave you temporarily blind. This can happen in one eye, or in both eyes.
It is important that you call your eye doctor right away if you experience a large and sudden loss of vision. Any sudden change in vision is always something for concern.
They may recommend cataract surgery or it may be a sign of something more serious.
What Are Cataracts?
A cataract is clouding on the lens of the eye. This is caused by a large range of factors.
The most common is the natural aging process when proteins in the lens clump together over time. The clouding can start small and grow over the course of years or decades.
Cataracts can also grow rapidly, leaving you blinded in just a matter of months.
Cataract surgeons recommend surgery once your cataracts prevent you from completing daily tasks.
During cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove the clouded lens on your eye. They will replace it with an artificial lens called an IOL.
There are two types of cataract surgeries: laser assisted and traditional. The difference between the two procedures comes down to what is making the incision in your eye.
Traditional cataract surgery requires that the surgeon remove the clouded lens by making the incision with a scalpel. If you decide you would rather have a laser assisted cataract surgery then your surgeon will use laser technology to make the incision. The laser is also used to soften the cataract before it is removed.
Ready to put cataracts behind you? Schedule your cataract screening with Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, CT today!
There’s no reason to continue living with cataracts anymore!