Do You Have Cataracts?
Cataracts typically begin developing in individuals who are in their forties or early fifties. By the time they’re 65 years old, more than 90 percent of Americans will have developed cataracts.
Because they progress slowly, cataract symptoms are often easy to miss or brush aside. As a result, many people are unaware they have cataracts until their symptoms become too obvious to ignore. These symptoms may include:
Blurred or cloudy vision
Difficulty seeing at night
“Halos” appearing around bright lights
Sensitivity to bright lights and glare
Trouble with close-range focus
Seeing double vision in one eye
A fading or yellowing of colors
Frequently adjusting your lens prescription
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, there are several diagnostic tests an ophthalmologist can perform to determine if cataracts are the cause. These include:
- Visual acuity tests: During a visual acuity test, an ophthalmologist will evaluate how well you can read a series of letters from a distance.
- Slit-lamp examinations: During a slit-lamp examination, an ophthalmologist will use a well-lit microscope known as a slit-lamp to analyze your cornea, lens, and iris.
- Retinal exams: An ophthalmologist will perform a retinal exam to evaluate the back of your eye (the retina) using a slit-lamp or ophthalmoscope (a simple, hand-held microscope).
Spotting Cataracts Early
While there’s no way to prevent cataracts, taking the following steps can mitigate their impact and slow their progression:
- Quit smoking.
- Eat foods full of eyesight-boosting vitamins and nutrients, such as leafy green vegetables (kale, broccoli), citrus fruits, walnuts, and salmon.
- Keep conditions like diabetes under control, as they can exacerbate cataracts.
- Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes by blocking 100 percent of harmful UV rays.
- Visit an eye doctor regularly to ensure you detect cataracts as early as possible.
Even if you take these preventative measures, cataracts may still appear seemingly out of nowhere. Here’s what real cataract patients have to say about their experiences:
If the sentiments shared in this video sound familiar, take our quick assessment to determine if you may be developing cataracts:
Further, consider calling our expert cataract team at Swagel Wootton Eye Institute to learn how we can help you regain your vision and improve your quality of life.
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