Not sure if a change in your vision could be caused by a cataract? The eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates in Plant City and Brandon, FL, share early cataract signs and explain how cataracts are treated.
What are cataracts?
A cataract occurs when the clear lens located behind your iris becomes cloudy. The lens focuses lights on the retina at the back of your eye. If it's no longer clear, your vision isn't quite as sharp. Cataracts generally worsen over time and may be larger in one eye.
Aren't I too young for cataracts?
Cataracts affects 24.4 million people 40 and older, according to the National Eye Institute. Although cataracts may begin to form in your 40s and 50s, they won't immediately cause a significant change in your vision in most cases.
What are the early signs of cataracts?
In the early stages, cataracts can cause:
- Blurry Vision: You may notice that your vision looks blurry or cloudy. If your cataract is small, blurred vision may come and go. Some people also experience double vision.
- Fading Colors: Colors may not be quite as bright due to your cataract.
- Sensitivity: Glare and bright light may seem magnified when you have a cataract. You may also notice halos at night.
- Dimness: Does it suddenly seem as if the wattage in all of your lamps decreased? Cataracts can make it more difficult to read or perform other tasks in dim light.
- Night Vision Issues: Cataracts also affect your night vision and may make it harder to see when you drive around Brandon or Plant City at night, particularly if you see halos around lights.
- The Need for New Glasses and Contact Lenses: You may notice that you need to change your glasses and contact lenses prescriptions more often than in years past if you have cataracts.
How are cataracts treated?
The only way to improve your vision is with cataract surgery. The surgery usually isn't recommended unless cataracts significantly interfere with your vision or your ability to carry out your normal activities. During outpatient cataract surgery, the lens of your eye will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
If you suspect that you have a cataract, it's a good idea to make an appointment with one of the eye doctors at Brandon Eye Associates. Call our Plant City or Brandon, FL, office at (813) 684-2211 to schedule your visit.