As we age, we worry about our health a little bit more. Things might start to feel a little off, or we have concerns about health. Sometimes we don’t know the symptoms of certain problems that we’re experiencing. That leads to a delay in diagnosis and worse problems. Stop cataracts in their tracks by knowing the symptoms.
Cataracts occur when proteins in the eye get too close together and cloud our vision. Over time, the protein will continue to build up and cause more clouded vision. Think of it like looking through dirty or hazy glasses or a dusty window shield.
Unfortunately, cataracts cannot be cured, they can only be removed. However, there’s no need to worry! Surgery for cataracts is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world. Many surgeons are well trained and ready to remove cataracts, so it should not be a scary procedure.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
When you first begin to suspect that you may have cataracts, you may be frantically searching for answers as to what the symptoms are. It’s frightening to have symptoms and not be sure why exactly they’re happening or what they mean, and it may lead you to jump to the worst possible conclusions. This list can help you find out if you are experiencing cataracts, but the final word should always be with your ophthalmologist as they are the expert on the issue.
If you have cataracts, you may be experiencing symptoms of cloudy vision or halos around light. These are usually the big two that people tend to experience if they are getting cataracts. However, having trouble seeing at night or having double vision in only one eye can also be symptoms of cataracts. When you experience any one of these issues, it’s important to rule out other causes (i.e. I am tired/just woke up and my eyes are blurry for a second?), but if you are concerned or you are not sure, always book an appointment with the ophthalmologist to be seen. They will determine what the issue is and be able to guide you from there in decision making regarding treatment options.
If you realize that you do have cataracts, you may be wondering what the treatment options for cataracts are? The only option for cataracts is to remove them. This would be done in a surgical procedure. The lens would then be replaced by an artificial lens which would act in the same way. In most cases, you will be referred to a specialist for this procedure.
What Can You Do Right Now?
If you’re worried right now, the best way to catch cataracts and diagnose them is to have regular visits with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. These visits will help to look at your eyes in detail every two years or so and make sure that everything is going all right for you. This way, there will be no guesswork or lasting worry. However, if you’re experiencing an issue in between appointments, feel no shame in scheduling an earlier appointment. We would love to work with you to get your eyes back to your regular vision as soon as possible.
When you see the first symptoms of cataracts, it’s time to give Dr. Clifford Myers, MD a call. We are happy to schedule you an appointment and get you seen by Dr. Myers. He will work with you to diagnose the issue, whatever it may be, and get you set up with referrals if necessary. We treat every customer like family, and we want you to have the best health outcomes with us. Give us a call today!