A cataract occurs when a buildup of protein in the lens prevents light from passing clearly through the lens and makes vision cloudy. Cataract symptoms may not be noticeable right away, but as it progresses you may notice:
- Blurred vision, double vision, ghost images, or the sense of a “film” over the eyes
- Changes in the way you see color because the discolored lens acts as a filter
- Problems driving at night such as glare or a “halo” effect from oncoming headlights
- Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work
- Sudden or frequent changes in glasses prescription. Or if changing your prescription does not improve vision.
- You notice a milky or yellowish spot in the center of your pupil (the center of your eye that is normally black)
If the cataract is in early stages, vision may be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. As cataracts progress, the degree of vision loss may lead to your optometrist recommending cataract surgery. This procedure is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. In fact, more than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States every year, with the vast majority of these procedures producing excellent visual outcomes.
If you have noticed any of the symptoms above or have questions about cataracts, please contact our office to schedule an eye exam.