Cataracts are one of many different eye conditions that can cause foggy, blurred vision with a dimming of colors and lights. So yes, it may be possible that your symptoms are the result of cataracts. However, the only way to diagnose this eye disease for certain is with an eye exam. Instead of wondering what’s wrong with your eyesight – find out precisely what’s going on with a comprehensive eye exam with our Toronto, eye doctor at Corktown Eyecare.
Cataracts occur when damaged proteins in the lens of your eye clump together, preventing light from refracting onto your retina clearly, which causes vision distortion. It’s so common in the elderly population, that some consider it to be a normal part of aging.
As cataracts progress, the eye disease can eventually cause blindness. However, in North America, this rarely happens because cataracts are easy to diagnose and treat. Most of the time, during the early stages when the symptoms are minimal, we don’t bother treating it; once cataracts begin to have a negative effect on daily living, which is typically after several years, cataract surgery will likely be recommended.
Vision with cataracts
The early symptoms of cataracts can masquerade as many other conditions. Some people feel that their glasses are smudged all the time or their contact lenses are dirty. Other people notice that they need more light to read. Your eyes may be more sensitive to glare, and driving at night can become challenging. A reduced intensity or yellowing of colors is also typical. If you notice any of these symptoms (or even if you don’t, because the symptoms are so mild), an eye exam in our Toronto eye care centre will detect or rule out the presence of cataracts.
As cataracts progress
If you’re diagnosed with cataracts, your eye doctor will monitor their progress. In the beginning, you may be given updated vision prescriptions – such as higher power lenses for your glasses or contacts; many people find this helpful for years.
Ultimately, cataracts dim your eye’s lens to the point that you can’t perform normal daily activities – even with your prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. When that happens, it’s time to consider cataract removal surgery.
Our eye doctor will evaluate your condition to recommend when to get cataract surgery. Rest assured, it’s a very common surgery. In fact, half the population of people who reach the age of 80 will have undergone cataract surgery by then. Cataract surgery, which involves replacing the cloudy lens with an artificial, clear one, has a very high success rate, and is considered one of the safest surgeries worldwide.
If you notice that your vision is blurry, dimmed, yellowed, or you see fuzzy smudges that get in the way of clear sight – it could be cataracts. Contact our Toronto eye doctor to schedule an eye exam!
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