22 September 2016
Often considered a condition that only affects the elderly, cataracts can cause significant damage to your eyes at any age.
Cataracts develop in the lens of your eye, which sits behind the pupil and causes a gradual deterioration in the quality of your sight.
Cataracts develop over many years, so problems might not be immediately detectable. However, the main cataract symptoms are blurred, cloudy or misty vision – either across the entire lens or in small spots or patches. However, they also display the following symptoms:
- Colours look less clear, or are faded rather than vibrant
- The glare from bright lights may be uncomfortable to look at
- Yellow or brown tinges that weren’t there before
- Seeing things in dim or bright conditions becomes difficult
- You see a circle of light surrounding lights like street lamps or car headlights.
What are the factors that increase your chances of getting cataracts?
While cataracts can affect anyone at any age, they typically appear in later life.
However, here are some of the factors that can influence the likelihood of developing cataracts:
- Having a family history of them
- Having diabetes
- Having an eye injury or previous surgery
- A poor diet
Treatment for cataracts?
Well, as with all medical conditions, the earlier symptoms of cataracts are detected, the better. Usually, stronger glasses and brighter reading conditions may counteract the loss of vision in the short term. If vision becomes significantly affected then you may be referred for surgery to treat cataracts.
Cataract treatment involves removing the cloudy lens through a tiny incision and replacing it with a clear plastic one. It typically takes 30-45 minutes and is conducted under local anesthetic.
If you wear glasses, it will also be likely that your prescription will change, but your optician will be able to advise you further. However, you’ll need to wait for your vision to settle, so you need to bear this in mind.
If you’re concerned about vision loss, cloudiness or anything that could impact your vision, the best thing to do is to pop in and see us. With a same day, 24/7/365 online booking facility, it’s easier than ever to be seen by an optometrist and voice any concerns you may have.
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