The natural lens in our eyes is clear like a glass, enabling us to see clearly. When #cataract develops in a lens, it becomes cloudy white, like a smudge on a glass and it gives rise to vision problems.
I have listed 7 symptoms you could experience if your eyes are developing a cataract.
1. You have blurred vision
Blurred vision is the most common symptom of cataract. Vision that becomes blurred due to cataract will not get any better with the use of spectacles.
You will need to visit your eye doctor and get your eyes tested.
2. Your glasses prescriptions change too often
If you are already using spectacles, your prescription may change very frequently like once in every one or two months.
Such rapid changes in your glasses prescription indicates that a cataract may be developing in your eyes.
3. Colors appear faded
You could experience a phenomenon called “color desaturation”. Colors appear dull and faded, and more often a shade of yellow.
This happens due to cataractous changes in your lens.
4. You experience glare
Especially while driving at night, you could experience that point sources of light split and scatter, compromising the quality of your
vision. This glare could be because of a cataract.
The problem of glare particularly causes difficulties while driving at night.
5. You have difficulty seeing in the dark
You may find it difficult to locate objects or move around in the dark. This happens due to a diminution in the clarity of your vision caused due to cataract.
You may also notice that while reading, you need a brighter source of light to be able to see clearly.
6. You see double or ghost images
A cataract causes irregular refraction through the natural lens. As a result, you may end up seeing double images.
“Ghost images” refer to a phenomenon where you see a faded outline of the object in focus, around it. The image below is an example of how ghost images appear.
7. Your eyes are sensitive to bright light
If you feel that your eyes have become extra-sensitive to bright sources of light, including sunlight, it is a sign that you may have cataract.
If you feel that you are unusually uncomfortable outdoors in the bright sun, or in brightly lit places, you might want to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor and get your eyes examined.
What to do if you have any of the above mentioned symptoms?
First of all, do not panic!
Cataract is a very common condition and everyone gets it sooner or later. Most common type of cataract is age-related. There are other types of cataracts as well, which I will be discussing in my next post – 5 most common types of cataract.
Once you book an appointment with your eye doctor, they will be able to diagnose if you have a cataract. The treatment for cataract is surgery. Your cataractous lens will be removed and an artificial lens will be placed in your eye, to restore clear vision.
I will be discussing details about cataract surgeries in my upcoming blogs.
Can cataract be prevented?
Cataract is usually an age-related process. The only way of preventing or slowing the progression of cataract is to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take good care of your eyes and stay healthy!