5 Cataract Symptoms to Watch For
According to the CNIB, cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in Canadians. As they develop on the lens of your eye, they interfere with your vision, making it difficult to read, drive, or even identify faces.
What’s especially concerning is that unlike many eye diseases, cataracts can take years to become noticeable. During the early stages, common symptoms are often mistaken for normal signs of aging. Given the fact that cataracts tend to appear when you’re in your 40s or 50s, it’s an easy assumption to make.
Fortunately, cataracts are generally treatable, but early action is always recommended for best results. Here are 5 symptoms that should always be investigated by your eye doctor.
1. Vision Changes
When cataracts set in, you’ll notice that your vision is blurry even while wearing your glasses or contact lenses. The distortions may be minor at first, but over time they can worsen and make it impossible to carry out your daily activities. Any change in eyewear prescription should always be checked by your doctor, to confirm that there are no underlying issues and prevent your vision from deteriorating further.
2. Poor Night Vision
Another common symptom is a gradual worsening of your night vision. Cataracts can cause dimming or darkening in your vision, which is not always noticeable during the daytime. However, if you’re struggling to read highway signs and even see pedestrians when you’re driving after dark, see your doctor as soon as possible.
If you’re out at night, you may notice visual abnormalities, like halos around car headlights or street lights. This can occur when the light refracts through the cataract on your lens, causing it from bounce around instead of focusing. Glare issues aren’t as noticeable during the day, but you’ll definitely see them after dark.
4. Light Sensitivity
Cataracts can make you more sensitive to bright light. If you’re squinting a lot while out in the sun or getting headaches from flashes of light, consult your eye doctor to confirm whether you have early-stage cataracts.
5. Difficulty Reading
Are foggy spots or other visual aberrations making it difficult for you to read books, text messages, and medicine labels even while wearing your glasses or contacts? This is another common cataract symptom that should be investigated right away.
How are Cataracts Treated?
During the early stages, cataracts may be treated with special eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions, but if your vision is severely impacted, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cloudy natural lens and replace it with a clear intraocular lens implant.
At Uptown Eye Specialists, we treat many of our cataract patients with UltraView ReLACS™, a computer-driven, image-guided laser surgery that provides unprecedented vision improvement results. By using a combination of surgical skill and advanced technology, we can remove your cataracts and help you enjoy clear vision again. If you have questions about cataract treatment options at our practice, please visit our website or call (416) 653-8352.