Cataracts can be diagnosed, even if you’ve not had any symptoms
Cataracts can develop over a number of years and tend to affect older individuals. Over time, the lens of the eye becomes cloudy.
If you are suffering from mild cataracts, you may not notice any symptoms to begin with. However if you have cataracts in both eyes – one eye may be worse than the other – you may notice the following:
- Blurred vision
- Cloudy vision
- Spots where your vision isn’t clear
- Difficulty seeing in dim light or very bright light
- Colours appearing faded
- A yellowish tinge to your vision
- Double vision
- Halos (rings) in your vision
- Glasses becoming less effective
The longer you have a cataract the larger the cloudy patches on you lens will become; more of them can also develop. As your lens allows less and less light through, the more blurry/cloudy your vision will become.
It’s not just age that can increase your chances of developing a cataract but:
– A family history of cataracts
– Poor diet
– Overexposure to sunlight
– Prolonged use of steroid medicines
– Certain health conditions such as diabetes
Individuals can live comfortably with mild cataracts by increasing the strength of their spectacles and reading lights. It’s important to remember however that cataracts can cause blindness if left untreated.
When cataracts begin to interfere with everyday life, a relatively straight forward operation is required to replace the clouded lens with a clear, plastic one.