As we age, it is not uncommon to notice changes in our bodies. Our eyes are no exception! Aging takes a toll on the eyes, and this can manifest in many different ways. One of these ways is through cataract development. Cataracts are the most common eye condition in the world, and millions of Americans are living with cataracts today.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts occur when the lens inside of the eye becomes cloudy. The natural lens, located behind the iris (the colored part of the eye) is mostly made up of water and proteins. With age, these proteins begin to clump together, causing the lens to become cloudy. Cataracts form slowly over time, and it can be difficult to notice the changes in vision in the early stages. When left untreated for several years, cataracts can cause blindness. Luckily, cataracts are easily treated through surgery at any stage in development.
Cataracts are not always easily noticed at first. The easiest way to diagnose cataracts early on is to attend regular comprehensive eye exams. During these eye exams, your eye doctor will be able to diagnose cataracts in their earliest stages. If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing cataracts:
- Blurry or hazy vision (it can seem like you’re looking through a frosted or fogged-up window)
- Dull color vision, or a yellow tint to vision
- Distorted or double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Poor night vision
- Difficulty driving at night due to glare
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact RGB Cataract and LASIK as soon as possible.