Are you worried about your vision? Do you wonder if you have cataracts? Don’t worry; more than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 have it, and many of them undergo corrective surgery to regain their vision.
Knowing what to look for can help you decide if you should make an eye appointment. The following are the telltale signs of cataracts.
When cataracts first form, the sufferer may not notice anything. However, as the condition progresses, the person may notice that everything around them is dim, blurry, or clouded. Most people believe it’s due to stress at first, but as the days go on, and the condition becomes more advanced it quickly becomes a major concern.
As the condition develops, people with cataracts will notice they are unable to see as well at night as they did before. They may realize that they’ve always been able to use the restroom with no issue in the middle of the night without turning the light but can’t do that anymore. They have to turn the light on to see where they are going.
Driving is a concern for people with cataracts as well. The street lights and vehicle headlights are simply not bright enough to counteract the darkness the eyes have in front of them due to the cataracts.
The reason people with cataracts can’t see clearly at night is because the cloud that was in front of their eyes before has turned a different color – yellow or brown. This darker color simply makes everything look darker.
Bright lights can be painful to people with cataracts. Many people who experience this symptom of cataracts will say they can’t go outside without sunglasses or will dim the lights in their home.
Reading vision can be severely affected due to this light sensitivity. Even with reading glasses, it can be difficult and painful to read.
When people see halos around objects, it’s usually a sign of cataracts. The clouding of the lens is the cause of this because if diffracts light entering the eyes. Some people say the halo is in different colors.
People who suddenly need to get stronger glasses/contacts are often assessed for cataracts. Even though this may help the limited eyesight at first, it quickly fails as the condition progresses.
Those who have cataracts see a yellow or brown tint to everything they see. It looks a lot like they are wearing blue-blocker sunglasses.
Many people with cataracts suspect they are becoming color blind because of the difference in colors they see. An experienced eye doctor will immediately know the condition isn’t color blindness but cataracts.
Cataracts isn’t something people need to live with forever or fear blindness. Corrective surgery is so advanced now that it is simple and quick. After the surgery, patients walk away with their eyesight back to the way it was before cataracts started to take over.
If you’re in the NYC area and suspect you’re suffering from cataracts, contact Kelly Vision Center. Our optometrists specialize in treating cataracts and can help you restore your vision. We have two convenient locations in Garden City and Manhattan. Call us now for an appointment at 877-718-7818 in Manhattan or 516-830-4605 in Garden City.