Cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens, affect a lot of us. In fact, 24.4 million Americans over the age of 40 have at least one cataract and by age 75, it’s estimated that half of all Americans have cataracts. We know that age is the most common cause of this condition, but what are signs of cataracts to watch out for? And if you do get them, what is cataract treatment like? Read on for more information.
Signs Of Cataracts
There are some standard symptoms that occur when cataracts are developing, including:
- Blurred vision
- Light sensitivity
- Trouble seeing at night, especially with increased glare around lights
- Seeing double or what looks like a ghost image
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Glare during the day, especially when facing the sun
If you experience any of these early cataract signs, let your eye doctor know right away so they can screen you for cataracts. Early treatment is key, as untreated cataracts can lead to blindness.
If you do indeed have a cataract, you are likely to need cataract surgery. There are several options to choose from, but your doctor will advise you about which is best given your particular situation. At Horizon, we offer our patients custom cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses (IOLs) that are designed to reduce or eliminate your dependence on glasses to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and the need for reading glasses or bifocals.
Contact us today to ask about our cataract exams.