Could You Have Cataracts?
As we age, the proteins inside the lens of your eye can stick together, turning the lens from clear to cloudy. There are several factors which increase the chances of you developing cataracts. These include:
High blood sugar
Exposure to radiation
Spending too much time in the sun without sunglasses
Do You Have The Symptoms of Cataracts?
Cataracts start out small and most likely don’t have any effect on your vision to begin with. Things might seem blurry and this will increase over time if you do have cataracts. If you have blurry vision speak to your optician or give us a call on 0203 418 8488.
There are three main types of cataracts and each one affects a different part of the lens:
1. Posterior subcapsular cataracts
2. Nuclear cataracts in the centre of the lens
3. Cortical cataracts on the side of the lens, which appear as small streaks
Those with nuclear cataracts may briefly see their vision improve.
As cataracts advance they begin to get darker which will affect night vision. This means that driving at night will become more difficult. If you think you have cataracts then you should see an optician to confirm before driving at night. Light sensitivity is another common symptom of cataracts. Bright lights can be uncomfortable, especially for those with posterior subcapsular cataracts. This type of cataract starts at the back of the lens and blocks the light, often messing with your reading vision.
Do You See Halos?
With cataracts, the light entering your eye can cause a halo to appear around light sources. Rings around lights can also make driving very difficult – another reason to skip driving at night.
Need New Glasses?
If you keep going back to your optician for stronger glasses you might have cataracts. If you have any changes at all with your vision you need to speak to your optician urgently. It might be cataracts or one of the other common eye diseases which can be treated if picked up early.
Cataracts also change the way you see colour and lessens your ability to distinguish between colours. Once you have the cataracts corrected with surgery you will be able to see the world in all it’s colourful glory once again.
Sometimes with cataracts you might get double vision (diplopia). There are some other causes of diplopia including a brain tumour, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.
Cataracts can occur in people of any age. As we have said before, if you are at all worried about your eyesight then please see an optician or give us a call. The symptoms of cataracts can be similar to some really serious and life threatening conditions so don’t delay. Visit our website at http://www.communitycareopticians.co.uk to contact us.