Our eyes’ lens help to focus light on the retina at the back of the eye to project images we see. As we age, excess protein builds up in the lens of the eye, stopping light from reaching the retina. Cataracts are common in aging adults and are the leading cause of blindness. But effective cataracts treatment is available.
What Are the Common Symptoms of Cataracts?
The most recognizable symptom of cataracts is that the lenses of one’s eyes become cloudy or foggy. Signs of cataracts may develop gradually, and some may not affect vision much at all depending on the individual. Some symptoms of cataracts include:
- Cloudy vision
- Diminished night vision
- Sensitivities to light, glare or appearance of “halos” forming around lights
- Frequent need for eye prescription changes
- The faded appearance of color
Are Cataracts Painful or Dangerous?
Cataracts are not known to be painful or dangerous to one’s health. Most individuals can carry on daily activities and lead healthy lives, especially if measures have been taken to treat the condition. In extreme cases, the cataract is entirely white, and there may be some inflammation or pain caused by headaches.
What Causes Cataracts?
Cataracts commonly occur as we age. Cataracts are known to be caused by an accumulation of protein, which clumps together at the eye’s lens and disrupts the passage of light on the retina. The condition can also be caused by injuries that alter one’s eye lens tissue, or even some genetic disorders. Some conditions that can be hereditary, such as diabetes, are also known to be a cause of cataracts.
Are Cataracts Treatable?
Yes. It is one of the most common, safe and affordable eye procedures done for adults over 40. Traditional cataract surgery involves a surgeon making an incision to break up and removes cataracts from the lens capsule. Modern laser approaches have allowed for replacement of the eye’s cloudy lens by implanting an artificial lens for improved vision.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts or considering a cataracts treatment, schedule an appointment at one of our eye clinics in Duncan and Mill Bay, BC today!