Cataracts are, usually just a normal symptom of the aging process. In most cases, they affect people who are aged 60 or over. A cataract is a clouding on the lens of the eye, causing blurred vision. Cataracts tend to develop slowly and in the early stages there may be no symptoms. But as years pass and the cataracts progresses, vision problems become more noticeable.
If left untreated, cataracts can cause progressive loss of vision and even blindness. Fortunately, for the vast majority of people it is a condition that is easily rectified. In fact, it’s one of the most common surgery performed in the world today.
Some of the first signs that indicate that a cataract has developed include:
- Blurred vision
- Poor night time vision
- Colors seem less sharp
- Seeing halos and star-bursts when looking at bright lights
If you have one of more of these symptoms, you should talk to your ophthalmologist and find out if you have cataracts and if you are a candidate for cataracts surgery.
After your eye has had time to heal from the operation, your overall vision should be greatly improved. Your vision will be much clearer, colors will appear sharper than they did before, and your ability to see at night will increase. In greater than 90 percent of cases the patient’s vision is greatly enhanced.
One of the greatest benefits of cataract surgery is the increased quality of life. Many research studies show that cataract surgery has many lifestyle benefits – for reading, working, driving, playing sport and so on.
In addition, studies show other advantages of cataract surgery include:
- More independence
- Improved self-confidence
- Better mental health
- A reduction in falls
- A greater enjoyment of social activities and passions and hobbies
As you can imagine, improved vision immeasurably enhances overall life satisfaction and enjoyment. If you want to learn more about cataracts, schedule an appointment today to discus your options in treating your vision.