Symptoms of Cataracts

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 5-Oct-2012

photodune-2826760-senior-citizen-man-xsCataracts are a common eye condition defined as the clouding of the lens portion of the eye. Cataracts are not a growth or film on the lens of the eye, as commonly thought. Rather, they are a clouding of the focusing lens located behind the pupil.

Though cataracts primarily affect aging adults, congenital or developmental cataracts in infants or children can be caused by birth defects, or appear without any cause. Disease, previous eye surgery, trauma to the eye and some medications can contribute to the development of cataracts in children and adults. Vision lost due to cataracts can be regained with cataract surgery.

Symptoms of cataracts may vary depending on the severity of the cataracts, but there are several common symptoms. These may include:

o Difficulty seeing street signs, curbs and freeway exits
o Difficulty seeing traffic lights, or seeing a halo or glare around lights
o Difficulty focusing while watching TV or movies
o Difficulty seeing the faces clearly
o Difficulty writing and reading
o Difficulty playing games or sports
o Difficulty navigating around the house with normal daily activities

Click here to view a cataract simulator to see how cataracts might affect your vision.

Once cataracts begin to develop, it is not possible to reverse the cloudiness of the lens or to halt further development. Removal of the clouded lens and implanting an artificial lens through cataract surgery is the only way to restore vision that is lost due to cataracts.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, schedule a complete eye exam by your eye doctor. While many of these symptoms can be attributed to other eye conditions, it is important to see your doctor. If you have cataracts and are need to schedule a comprehensive exam contact Key-Whitman toschedule a comprehensive eye exam.

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