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.
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.
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.