Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 24-May-2013

womanreadingCataracts are a common eye condition causing vision loss. Though they typically develop with age, in some cases, cataracts can occur in younger patients. Contrary to popular belief, cataracts are not a growth or film on the lens of the eye, but rather a clouding of the lens of the eye. Signs and symptoms of cataracts vary based on the severity of the cataracts. If the cataracts remain small, they may not affect vision much at all, but the larger and denser the cataracts, the more they will affect vision, requiring cataract surgery for treatment.

As cataracts develop, they can affect your ability to see in several ways. If you have experienced any of these symptoms listed below, you may have cataracts and should schedule an exam today. Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • 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

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

It is not possible to stop or reverse the development of cataracts once it begins. In order to restore vision that has been lost, the clouded lens must be removed during cataract surgery and replaced with an artificial lens implant. Unlike other eye conditions, treating cataracts isn’t urgent (unless they are so advanced you are completely unable to see) because although they affect your vision, cataracts do not typically cause damage to the eye.

Have you noticed a loved one struggling to complete daily tasks such as reading, writing, driving or working around the house? Sometimes it takes a little encouragement from someone who loves us to see a doctor about a potential problem. Encourage your loved one to consult with their eye doctor, or to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with Key-Whitman.

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