The 7 Warning Signs of Cataracts
It’s a scary fact, but the National Eye Institute predicts that more than half of all Americans will either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery by the age of 80.
After all, we rely on clear vision to get the most enjoyment out of life.
Close your eyes for a moment and allow yourself to think back to the first time you gazed upon the vibrant reds, yellows and oranges of fall foliage… the brilliant blue-green waters of a tropical sea… or the ruddy red face of a bawling newborn.
Cataracts may not cloud such vivid memories, but they will surely cloud what you see today and tomorrow.
Luckily, cataract surgery has become a commonplace occurrence. Even so, it’s important to know the warning signs of cataracts – and to take action sooner than later.
The Mayo Clinic says the seven signs and symptoms of cataracts include:
- Clouded, blurred or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
If any of this raises a hazy red flag, we recommend you pick up your phone and call the eye specialists at Global Laser Vision Specialists to arrange a free consultation.
Cataracts typically occur more frequently in the aging population, however, there are other factors such as family history, diabetes, long-term exposure to ultraviolet light, or certain medications like steroids that can cause cataracts. Previous eye injuries can also be an attributing factor.
The American Optometric Association notes that there are no clinically proven approaches to preventing cataracts. However, there are simple preventive strategies that include reducing exposure to sunlight through UV blocking lenses, decreasing or discontinuing smoking, and increasing antioxidant vitamin intake through consumption of leafy green vegetables and nutritional supplements.
The Cataract Care page spells out the symptoms and treatment of cataracts. You could say it’s an eye-opening experience for those of us who attributed our fading vision to our advancing age.
Worried that you may suffer from cataracts? Relax. Cataract surgery is a very common procedure. Complications are rare and treatable. The surgery is highly successful in improving the vision of patients about 95 percent of the time.
The best part: cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
The first step towards better vision is to schedule an eye exam . To set up your free consultation call us toll free at (855) 456-2253 or fill out the appointment request form at Global Laser Vision. We are the premier eye specialists for Southern California.
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