What are the symptoms of cataracts?

If you are having trouble seeing clearly, don’t wait to get it checked. It could be an early indication of cataracts. Cataracts often develop slowly, and may affect one eye or both. So could you have cataracts? Let’s take a look at the common symptoms of cataracts.

What is a cataract?
A cataract is an eye condition that is characterized by the clouding of the normally crystal clear natural lens of the eye, which is located behind the iris and pupil. The lens allows light through to focus onto the retina. But when the lens becomes foggy, light no longer focuses clearly, and this causes images to appear blurry.

Cataracts generally occur as a result of changes to the eyes due to aging, so the condition is most often seen in adults 65 years of age and older.

What are the symptoms?
The most common signs of cataracts include blurry vision or double vision, difficulty seeing at night, and sensitivity to light. People with cataracts often see ‘halos’ around light, and also have to change their eyeglasses and contact lens frequently. These symptoms may indicate the presence of another eye condition, so it’ simportant to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist, for an accurate diagnosis.

Treatment
In the early stages cataracts may be treated with new eyeglasses or a magnifying lens. However, if the disease progresses surgery is required. Surgery typically involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens, which is known as an intraocular lens (IOL), in order to improve vision.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a cataract, contact New View Eye Center, Reston, VA for a consultation with ophthalmologist Dr. Jacqueline Griffiths.

Call 703-834-9777 today to schedule your appointment.

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