Over 24 million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts. It is a very common eye condition and one that can leave you completely blind if left untreated. There are many treatments for cataracts, including surgical measures that can be taken. The sooner cataracts are discovered and diagnosed, the more treatment options there are available. Here are three warning signs that you might have cataracts.
Cloudy or Blurred Vision
The most common warning sign of cataracts that prompts people to see a doctor is cloudy or blurred vision. You may also experience a dimming of your vision. Any sudden or gradual vision changes should be immediately reported to your optometrist, especially if you are over the age of 40. The cloudy or blurred vision that comes with cataracts usually is an indicator of a more advanced case.
Sensitivity to Light
Cataracts can cause a sensitivity to light. This can cause you to feel that rooms or stores are too brightly lit, causing eye pain or discomfort. You may also have more difficulty driving at night because you are blinded by headlights, or the glare from street lights may affect your ability to see the road clearly.
Frequent Changes in Prescription
If you don’t see the same optometrist every year, frequent changes in prescription may go unnoticed, yet this is one indicator that further screening for cataracts needs to be done. If your vision is constantly getting worse over the course of a year or two, you probably need to be screened for cataracts.
If you have these or other warning signs of cataracts, contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment. We can perform the necessary exams and screening to determine if cataracts are to blame for your decreased vision, and we are able to offer multiple treatment options. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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