Posted by: Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates in Eye Health

Recognizing the Symptoms of Cataracts

The eyes are often referred to as the windows to one’s soul. They are also the primary tools we use to navigate the world around us, from driving to reading to seeing the faces of those we love. However, as we age, the proteins in our lenses can start to clump together, leading to symptoms such as blurry vision, haziness, and a loss of color perception. These are all common signs of cataracts, a condition that can seriously impact your quality of life. It is crucial that you do not delay or avoid scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with your doctor.

Did you know cataracts are the primary cause of vision impairment, especially in older adults? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, around 24.4 million Americans aged 40 or above, which is roughly one in every six people in this age range, have cataracts. The number of people in the U.S. with cataracts is expected to double to 50 million by 2050.

We want to highlight certain behaviors that can increase your risk of developing cataracts. Some of these behaviors include:

  • Smoking
  • Too many long periods of fun in the sun without eye protection
  • Using steroid medications
  • Radiation treatments on your upper body

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to schedule an appointment with us soon.

The World Seems Cloudy

Cataracts start small at first and may have a small effect on your vision. In viewing all things within your beautiful world, your vision may be affected by not seeing clearly, which can hinder your view because it may seem blurry, cloudy, or dim. This effect usually increases over time.

Difficulty Driving At Night

As cataracts advance, it can be hard to distinguish between light and dark. This difficulty can affect your night vision, making specific nighttime activities, such as driving, more complex. If you suspect you have cataracts or feel unsafe driving, talk to a family member or friend to drive instead. Making this choice will keep you and others on the road safe!

Need Stronger and More Light

When cataracts mature, seeing your favorite color may look faded or less intense. For example, your comfy, cherished white t-shirt or sweater will start looking yellow. Matured cataracts may be brown or yellow, which can cause anything you see to look yellow or brown.

Frequent Prescription Changes

Advancement of cataracts could affect you from seeing distances clearly to needing frequent prescriptions to see a Stop sign. Sudden vision changes could be a sign that you could have cataracts.

Are you experiencing changes in your vision? Schedule a cataract evaluation today to discuss any symptoms you may be having.

Experiencing Cataract Symptoms?

If you have noticed any changes in your vision, it’s essential to get your eyes checked with an eye exam. In today’s age of incredible medical advancements, there is no reason to ignore your eye health. So, why wait? Give us a call TODAY to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards better eye care.

Our TOP priority is your lifelong eye health!

References: American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Optometric Association. This blog provides information and discussion about eye health and related subjects. The content provided in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be considered medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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