Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that usually comes with aging, but can be caused by other things as well, like smoking or prolonged exposure to the sun or other dangerous light. Studies have found that more than 50% of senior citizens (people over 65) have cataracts. While cataracts grow slowly, there are some early signs that they may become an issue. Here are a few of the early signs of cataracts:
- Blurred or clouded vision
- Decline in night vision
- Glare from light (like the sun or headlights on cars)
- Loss of color distinction
- Sudden temporary improvement in eyesight
Cataracts can affect your vision as a whole, and severely limit your sight if untreated. Cataract surgery is the optimal way to treat cataracts, as it removes cataracts altogether from the eye. In fact, cataract surgery is about 90% effective in restoring and improving a person’s vision. If you believe you are experiencing some of the early symptoms of cataracts, it is best to discuss with your eye doctor who can refer you to an eye surgeon if necessary.
There are precautions you can take to decrease the risk of cataracts. Cutting down on alcohol consumption and quitting smoking are two of the best things you can do for your eye health, and your overall health as well. Additionally, eating a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables, and properly protecting your eyes, especially from the sun, are extremely important and helpful to your eye health. Regular comprehensive eye exams may also detect early signs of cataracts.
Schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with Valley Eyecare Center doctor today. You can call us at 602-955-2700 or schedule your next appointment online.