Symptoms can include:
- Blurry or foggy vision
- Decreased night vision
- Halos around lights
- Dull or muted colours
- Sensitivity to light
- Inability to clear vision
Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. They generally develop slowly over time and without pain. Although they’re most often found in those over 60, they can occur at any age.
Early-stage cataracts are manageable with eyeglasses or contact lenses but can progress to the point where they impact vision. In fact, even though they are the most treatable eye disease, cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in Canada.
Symptoms can include:
Most cataracts generally develop as age causes changes to your eyes. After age 40, the proteins in the eye’s lens naturally start to break down and clump together, creating an opaque area called a cataract. This area will grow and worsen and impact your vision.
Cataracts can also occur after after injury or eye surgery. Certain health conditions, like diabetes, or medications, like long-term steroid use, can also increase your risk of cataracts and other eye diseases. And, although rare, children can be born with cataracts.
Other factors that increase your risk of developing cataracts include:
Almost everyone will develop cataracts at some point. Although there’s no known way to prevent cataracts, you can reduce your risk by adopting healthy habits.
Wearing sunglasses and hats while outdoors will protect your eyes from UV exposure. Wearing and eye protection while playing sports or working in hazardous environments will protect your eyes from injury.
Mild cataracts are easily managed with an updated eyeglass or contact lens prescription. However, if your cataracts start interfering with your quality of life and corrective lenses aren’t helping, you may require cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery removes the clouded lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. The procedure is safe and effective, and you may not even require eyeglasses after the surgery.
Cataracts are easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. Routine eye exams, especially if you’re over 60, are essential for monitoring the progression of cataracts. These exams will allow your optometrist to diagnose cataracts early and provide you solutions to keep your eyes clear and strong.
If you want to learn more about cataracts, please reach out to us and book an appointment. Our friendly optometrists would be happy to talk to you about managing cataracts!
Regular eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care.
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