A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that causes decreased vision in older patients. By age 80, over half of all Americans will experience cataracts or have undergone cataract surgery to treat the issue. That number is just staggering. Even worse, cataracts can occur in either or both of the eyes, though it cannot spread from one to the other. If you suspect you have cataracts, there are some early warning signs to watch for.
The Cause of Cataracts
When it comes to cataracts, you may hear the term “age-related” thrown around quite often. This term is a little misleading. While cataracts are most common in senior citizens, they are not the only individuals who suffer from vision loss or cataracts. In fact, people may experience significant cataracts in their 40s and 50s. During middle age, most cataracts are relatively small and do not impact daily vision as often. After 60, though, vision issues may become more prominent.
Early Warning Signs
The risk of cataracts may increase as you grow older, but symptoms may present themselves earlier. The most common early warning signs for those at risk for cataracts include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Clouded or blurred vision
- Decreased vision at night
- Sensitivity to light or glares
- The need for a brighter light while reading
- Seeing “halos”
- Fading colors
Now, these symptoms may be indicative of another eye problem. If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, your best option is to visit an eye care professional as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing any of the early warning signs of cataracts, be sure to schedule a visit immediately. We here at Your Eye Specialists can schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Simply give us a call at 302-454-8800.