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Examining the Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataract

Cataracts are a common eye condition often associated with aging. Over time, cataracts cloud the natural lens of the eyes, affecting visual clarity. Learning the signs and symptoms of cataracts will provide you with the information you need to know when it’s time to see your eye doctor for evaluation and treatment of your cataracts.

Cloudy Vision

One of the most common signs of cataracts is cloudy or blurry vision. Because cataracts cause the clear lens of the eyes to slowly turn opaque, less light can enter your eye, causing images to appear cloudy or dim. Colors may seem faded or yellowed and you may require more light to see comfortably than you did in the past.

Sensitivity to Light

Cataracts also cause changes in the eyes associated with the way you see light. You may notice an increased sensitivity to light and glare that disrupts vision and makes everyday tasks or driving more difficult. Some patients report seeing haloes around lights, especially at night, which disrupt visual acuity.

Frequent Prescription Changes

As cataracts affect your vision, you may require frequent changes in your prescription. Some older adults report increased nearsightedness and a reduced dependence on reading glasses. If your prescription changes significantly over the course of a year or less, your ophthalmologist may test your eyes for the possible presence of cataracts.

Double Vision

Cataracts can cause double vision that affects your everyday comfort and ability to carry out various tasks. Double vision generally occurs only in one eye. If you notice changes in your vision, such as double vision or severe blurring or cloudiness, contact your ophthalmologist for an exam as soon as possible.

Dr. Mark Hornfeld offers surgical treatment of cataracts in NYC. You can find out more about permanent intraocular lens implants and other cataract treatments by calling (212) 580-8881 to schedule an eye exam today. Check out our blog for more information about cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes, macular degeneration, and LASIK surgery for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.