Does Your Loved One Have Cataracts? Signs and Symptoms to Watch

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 23-Dec-2013

cataractsdec23The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of visits with family and friends. The more time you spend with someone, especially your aging loved ones, the more you may begin to notice a decline in their cognitive function and vision.

Many vision problems, such as cataracts, are associated with age and can make seeing more difficult the older we get. As you spend time with the seniors in your life this holiday season, pay attention to the little things: Do they have difficulty seeing to work in the kitchen or to get around the house? Do they struggle to see what gifts are being opened? These may be signs of cataracts or other vision problems.

Sometimes it takes the urging of a loved one for an aging family member to go see the doctor about potential health or vision problems. If you notice any of these signs of cataracts in your older family members, encourage them to visit the eye doctor.

Signs of cataracts

Symptoms of cataracts may vary depending on the severity, but there are several common signs, including:

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

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Cataract treatment

Cataract surgery is a common form of treatment and can help restore vision loss as a result of this condition. Once cataracts develop, it is not possible to reverse the cloudiness of the lens or to halt further damage. Removal of the affected lens and implanting an artificial lens is the only way to restore lost vision. If you notice any of your loved ones displaying the above symptoms, encourage them to schedule a comprehensive exam by their eye doctor.

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