A cataract forms when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Cataracts are the most common type of vision loss in adults over the age of 40 and the most common cause of blindness in the world.
Many people miss the early symptoms of cataracts because they start out very small and have little effect on your vision. A cataract may make your vision seem cloudy like you are looking through a piece of glass. Listed below are the five biggest warning signs of cataracts:
The first symptom most people notice is cloudy vision. Cataracts grow slowly so most people don’t notice the changes in their vision until the lens of your eyes become blurred.
Many people with cataracts can see a noticeable discoloration in their eyes. Some patients will complain of a yellow or brownish tint to their eyes. When this becomes advanced it can impede normal activities, like being able to work or read.
Poor Night Vision
Many patients with cataracts are unable to drive at night because the glaring lights of oncoming cars make it too difficult for them to see.
Glares and Halos
Cataracts can lead to increased sensitivity to light so people with cataracts will often experience glares or halos from sunlight or lamps.
When cataracts symptoms first begin to appear you may be able to improve your vision by using new glasses or other visual aids. However, if your cataracts progress to the point where your vision is seriously impaired and your daily life is affected you may want to consider laser cataract surgery.
Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced option for cataract patients available today. And the benefits are enormous; it takes less than 15 minutes with a short recovery time. If you want to see if you could be a good candidate for laser cataract surgery, schedule an appointment today at our Newport Beach office!