We all have to face cataracts at some point in our lives. But just because you have cataracts does not mean you need to get them removed right away.
Cataracts grow slowly over time. As they gradually become larger, you will begin to notice their symptoms more and more.
When these symptoms start to impact your day to day life, it may be time to set a surgery date at Washington Eye. Keep reading for 8 signs you should consider cataract surgery!
1. Blurry Vision
The primary effect of cataracts is experiencing loss of vision. Cataracts cause blurry eyesight by blocking light from entering your eye.
They grow inside the lens of the eye, which is located right behind the pupil. As a cataract develops, it becomes larger and more opaque. This usually happens so slowly that the change is barely noticeable.
2. Frequent Prescription Changes
Another common sign of cataracts is if you experience frequent prescription changes. This will work for some time, but will not solve the core issue.
Glasses cannot fix problems with the amount of light entering your eyes. The only way to solve this problem is to have your cataracts removed with surgery.
3. Low Light
A more efficient way to deal with cataracts is to increase the amount of light in whatever area you are working in. This is why the effects of cataracts are more obvious at night.
Light is more scarce at night, especially when compared to during the day. This may make activities like driving more difficult as a result.
4. Sensitivity to Light
Certain kinds of cataracts may cause light to be scattered in your eyes. When this light is not focused properly on the retina, it can cause painful glare. Not only is it painful, but it can also be quite distracting.
Cataracts may also cause visual abnormalities. A common aberration that you may experience is a ring of light around fixed light sources.
This is most common with headlights of oncoming traffic or you may see halos. Halos can also be distracting, particularly when you are trying to drive at night.
6. Double Vision
At some point, you may begin seeing several images. Double vision is a less common symptom of cataracts but it can be very disorienting.
7. Second Sight
It may seem odd, but you may notice your vision improve somewhat at some point as your cataracts develop. This happens when the cataract causes the lens to swell in a way that light begins to be refracted correctly onto the retina.
This improvement is short-lived, as the cataract will inevitably begin to block light, causing vision loss.
8. Changes to Color
Cataracts are not white opacities. They are actually colored. Typically, cataracts will turn yellowish brown as they mature.
This coloration can be passed onto the light that enters your eye through them. This may cause your vision to become muddy and decrease contrast.
Cataract surgery only needs to be set up when your cataracts become obtrusive. Contact the experts at Washington Eye Physicians & Surgeons to set up a cataract screening!
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your cataracts, now is the time to start the conversation.