According to the National Eye Institute, cataracts affect more than 50 percent of elderly US citizens at 80 years of age. However, cataracts present unmistakable symptoms, which make early detection and treatment possible to prevent the impairment of vision.
Signs of cataracts
At the early-stage of a cataract, the eyes develop some fuzzy spots in the field of vision. While the spots may form as negligible aberrations at the beginning, your vision will deteriorate over time. As a result, your ability to see clearly will be limited. In case of a persistent blurred vision, consult with a qualified optometrist for treatment options.
Hypersensitivity to Light
Since a cataract impairs the ability of the lens of your eye, focusing images on the retina is compromised as the path of light is blocked. Thus, you will have difficulties tolerating exposure to light.
If you have trouble with bright lights, it is time to visit an eye clinic for an eye exam. With the proper diagnosis, you can rule out or confirm the presence of a cataract.
Loss of Night Vision
The presence of cataracts inhibits the clarity of vision. They cause the vision to grow dim. You will also experience tinges of yellow or brown, and difficulties in sighting objects in low light. Poor night vision is a safety hazard especially if you work at night and should be addressed immediately.
Presence of Halos around Sources of Light
The growth of cataracts in the eye causes the lens to harden, which cause halos to form in the field of vision. The light passing through the lens is diffracted and result in glares and halos around the source of light. Although the glares may not be noticeable during the day, they are evident at night.
While cataract surgery can treat most cataracts, mild cases may be treated with other modalities. If you have cataracts, contact us now to learn more about treatment options.