Cataracts are very common, and occur naturally with age. They are also very easily treated.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in your eye, which causes blurred vision.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, or you suspect you may have a cataract, there’s no need to worry. They are very common, and occur naturally with age. They are also very easily treated.
A cataract is not a visible film on the outside of the eye, and you may not even be aware that it is developing, as they usually develop over time. Common symptoms include:
- Deterioration of your distance and reading vision
- Hazy, fuzzy, blurred or double vision
- Increased sensitivity to light and glare
- Difficulty driving at night
- Little improvement in vision, even with stronger glasses.
Causes of Cataracts
Cataracts occur quite naturally as a result of the ageing of the eye, and diagnosis in adults over 40 is quite normal. They can also sometimes occur in infants and children as a congenital defect.
Normally, the lens at the front of the eye focuses light onto the retina at the back of the eye, creating a sharp image. When the lens becomes cloudy, light can’t pass through freely, which is why your vision becomes blurred.
Contrary to popular belief, cataracts are not caused by over-use of the eyes, nor can they be made worse by using the eyes.
Not all cataracts require treatment, but if your vision is affected to the point where it interferes with your work or lifestyle, you should consider surgery. It makes a huge difference. Fortunately, cataract operations are now faster and safer than ever. Come and see our Optometrists to find out about the best options for you.
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