Cataract Symptoms to Watch Out For

As you age, you may start to notice changes in your vision. Many people interpret these changes as the general effects of aging when, in reality, they are actually symptoms of cataracts. While everyone experiences changes to their eyes as they get older, cataracts can become enough of a problem to keep you from seeing clearly or enjoying life fully. Fortunately, this condition can be treated with a safe, effective procedure that restores your vision. 

What is a Cataract?

The lenses of your eyes are disc-shaped structures found behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. They are clear, allowing light to pass through, but their rounded surface changes the angle, causing light to fall on the retina and produce a sharp image. 

Cataracts can occur for many reasons, although aging is the most common. Age-related cataracts form when the proteins that make up your lenses begin to break down and clump together. The lens becomes discolored and less transparent, and it becomes less effective at focusing light. Cataracts can also occur as a result of genetics, medical conditions, medications, or trauma to the eye. Cataracts are not painful but can affect your life significantly. 

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Cataract Symptoms to Watch Out For

The early symptoms of cataracts are often easy to ignore. They often appear around the age of 60 but can begin earlier or later. Symptoms will slowly get worse over time, and if untreated for a long time, cataracts can lead to blindness. If you are diagnosed with cataracts at an early stage, your eye doctor will monitor them and take steps to keep you seeing clearly. Schedule an appointment if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of color intensity
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Glare or halos around lights
  • Difficulty seeing in low light
  • Double vision or “ghost” images (most common if you have a cataract in only one eye)

If you visit your eye doctor for regular eye exams, they may tell you that you are beginning to develop clouding in your lenses before you even notice many symptoms. Cataracts are not uncomfortable, but they can become a significant hindrance if you try to ignore or tolerate the symptoms. 

How are Cataracts Treated?

If your Vold Vision eye doctor diagnoses you with cataracts, they may take several steps depending on how severe your symptoms are and how much they bother you. 

Monitoring

In their early stages, cataracts may be small and have minimal symptoms. At this point, the most convenient and least disruptive treatment is often to monitor your cataracts and address them when they become bothersome to you. You may stay at this stage for years before needing more intervention. 

Corrective Lenses

If you have cataracts, you may benefit from glasses, especially to help you read or see things close up. If you have an existing prescription, your doctor may need to adjust it. While these will not address many of the symptoms, they can help you function more easily. 

Cataract Surgery

If your cataracts progress to the point where they significantly affect your vision, you may be a good candidate for cataract surgery. During this procedure, your eye surgeon uses a small incision to remove your clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens (IOL). This artificial lens will not be affected by cataracts or other age-related changes. 

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How Effective is Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common eye procedures, and it is the definitive cure for cataract symptoms. By removing the affected lenses and replacing them with clear new ones, this procedure restores clarity and color vision while eliminating light sensitivity and other problems. You will only need cataract surgery once, and the results last a lifetime. 

What are the Benefits of Cataract Surgery?

The new lenses that replace your old ones have benefits beyond correcting cataracts. We offer a range of IOLs that provide near, intermediate, and distance vision correction to reduce or eliminate the need for corrective lenses. 

As an additional benefit, these new lenses will never develop cataracts or clouding. They will also never stiffen or harden. When this happens to your natural lenses, a condition called presbyopia, you will have more difficulty with reading and similar tasks. Most people will develop this as they age, but cataract surgery also treats or prevents it. 

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