You can expect your vision and eyes to go through changes as you grow older. Some people end up with cataracts, which refers to cloudy lenses. As your lenses become cloudier, it affects your ability to see and can have an impact on your daily activities. Learn more about the common symptoms of cataracts, as well as why they develop, and which factors might increase your risk of having them.
Cataract symptoms tend to occur gradually over the years. This can make it hard to realize you might have cataracts, so it’s important to get annual eye exams. While there are some common signs that cataracts may be developing, it’s important to have your eyes checked by an optometrist or ophthalmologist to confirm their presence. As cataracts progress, your vision might become more blurry or cloudy in one area. When this cloudiness covers a larger area, you’re likely to have blurry vision overall.
Other symptoms that can occur include seeing double, having trouble driving at night, being more sensitive to light, needing additional lighting to read, and seeing colors as more yellowish or dull. The need to frequently adjust your eyeglass or contact lens prescription can also be a sign of advancing cataracts.
Cataracts typically develop during the natural aging process as your eyes change, which usually begins in your 40s. Proteins that allow light to filter through your lens form clumps that result in areas of blurriness or cloudiness. You might have a higher risk of cataracts if you have medical conditions, such as diabetes, or a history of cataracts in your family. If you have cataracts, your eye doctor can discuss treatment options to help your vision improve.
If you notice any of these symptoms, an ophthalmologist can perform one (or more) of the following diagnostic tests:
The trusted doctors at ICON Eyecare are trained to diagnose and treat your cataracts quickly and efficiently.
These measures include:
Despite these precautionary steps, sometimes the symptoms of cataracts can still “sneak up” on you. Take our quick assessment to determine if you might be experiencing cataract symptoms.
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