What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Mid woman Reading newspaper with eyeglassesMore than half of Americans over the age of 60 have cataracts or will have had surgery to correct this condition. While it may not be a preventable condition, it’s important to know what you can do to stay on top of any changes to vision and eye diseases and conditions so that you can treat them at their earliest stages.

Here is what you need to know about cataracts, including the symptoms and risk factors.

  • While cataracts are a painless loss of vision over time, people who have cataracts will experience blurry vision, trouble with vision while driving and especially at night, fading of color, an increased sensitivity to glare, halos around lights, double vision, yellow-tinged vision and constant changes in prescriptions for eyeglasses and contact lenses.
  • At first, cataracts can be treated with corrective lenses, anti-glare sunglasses, magnifying lenses and the use of brighter lighting while reading and doing tasks. But if cataracts interfere your ability to work, drive at night or other activities, you may need to undergo surgery. The good news is that it’s a safe and effective procedure if you need to have it done.
  • It’s important to note that cataracts cannot be prevented, but there are things you can do to help delay the onset of symptoms. Wear sunglasses that block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, avoid smoking and drinking to excess, consume a diet that’s rich in antioxidant foods, and wear a wide-brimmed hat to block sunlight.
  • While you can’t prevent aging or your genetics or even an eye injury, you can do other things to lessen your risk factors for developing cataracts. Avoid excessive sun exposure, reduce high blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight. Try to avoid prolonged use of corticosteroid medications and radiation from x-rays, if possible.

One of the most important things you can do to stay on top of vision changes or eye diseases or conditions is to get regular eye exams. If you are interested in learning more about cataracts or scheduling your next eye exam, call our Everett office at (425) 259-2020.

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