Warning: keep your eyes open for these eye cataract symptoms
Are you worried that you might be suffering from cataracts?
Cataracts are a serious eye condition, and they can be quite debilitating in some cases. But the good news is they’re really easy to treat - and prevent - with lens replacement surgery. So, even if you do feel like you might have cataracts, in one or both of your eyes, there really is no need for you to panic.
Before we get on to explaining some of the warning signs of cataracts, we’ll start with some general information on what exactly a cataract is.
What are cataracts?
In simple terms, a cataract is used to refer to clouding of the natural lens of your eye, which gradually progresses over time to cause problems with your vision.
If left untreated, cataracts can start to interfere with your daily life – eventually preventing you from driving, reading and many other day to day activities that you enjoy.
Common in the over 65 age group (although not exclusively), cataracts are a natural part of growing older and most people will experience them at some point in their lives. They’re not caused by anything you’ve done, nor are they infectious or contagious – so you can’t catch them. They’re just something you may develop over time. Although there are some instances when your risk of cataracts can be increased, such as if you suffer from diabetes or have experienced certain types of eye trauma. And you may be at slightly higher risk if there is a history of cataracts in your family.
Cataracts: the warning signs
If you suspect you might be suffering from cataracts, the most sensible thing to do is to book a consultation at your local eye hospital to discuss your concerns with an eye specialist. But to help you spot the early warning signs, here is a list of the most common cataract symptoms:
- The number one symptom of cataracts, of course, is cloudy vision. But there may be other warning signs before you start to develop pronounced clouding of your lens.
- Deterioration in your vision: requiring frequent visits to the optician and/or regular changes to your prescription for glasses/lenses.
- Issues with the glare from bright lights – this is due to the clouding of your natural lens no longer being able to reflect light and images to your retina.
- You may also experience problems with night vision, particularly whilst out driving after dark.
- There may be other less noticeable symptoms, which you may have dismissed and put down to other things. For example, you could experience seeing faded colours or having double vision.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, you could have cataracts or your vision problems could be a result of other eye conditions. But to protect your vision and get the best possible results from treatment, you should get your eyes checked out by an eye specialist.
If you would like to discuss your concerns and have a thorough eye assessment with one of our Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeons; you can book a free, no obligation consultation at one of our 10 nationwide eye hospitals and clinics or call us free on 0808 169 6856