Understanding Cataracts

It can be easy to chalk up vision changes to getting older but that’s not always the case. When things look a little hazy, it could be due to cataracts. Learn the cataracts symptoms and treatment options.

Cataract Symptoms

If your vision started going a little hazy or blurry, it could mean your eye’s lens is clouding over. Typically, cataracts affects people over 60 but, in reality, anyone can get it and it can affect both eyes. Cataracts aren’t painful but they can be bothersome if your vision is cloudy and the world around you looks a little off, it’s best to give us a call to make an appointment for an eye exam. Most cataracts are fixed through cataracts surgery but before you start researching various cataracts surgery methods, it’s important to know the symptoms of cataracts. Some common cataracts symptoms are:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • “Halos” around light sources
  • Double or ghosted vision
  • Minimal night vision
  • Dulled colors

These cataract symptoms won’t necessarily all come at once. When cataracts starts, it may only affect a small part of your lens with cloudy vision. In most cases, cataracts will continue to grow until most of your vision is blurry. As cataracts progresses, the lens of your eye may turn a brownish or yellowish color, instead of being clear.

Cataract Treatments

You may start to wonder when is the right time to call Drs. Switch and Rasansky. In truth, you should call us when any time you notice any change in your vision. A thorough eye exam will be performed along with a few other tests. Based on the results of your eye exam, a plan of action will be created.

Sometimes, the result is a new prescription for eyeglasses that may improve your vision in the early stages of cataracts. Unfortunately, over time glasses may not be good enough for vision restoration. You may be advised to wear sunglasses when your vision is affected by bright light; use brighter lighting when performing daily tasks; or use magnifying lenses that could help all symptoms.

When glasses aren’t enough to help with cataracts, the most effective treatment is surgery. Before searching the internet for information on cataracts surgery, talk to Drs. Switch and Rasansky about the latest surgical methods for cataracts.

Getting Help

If you notice your vision getting darker or blurry – get in touch with our doctors. We can evaluate your symptoms, perform an eye exam, and get you the help you need when you need it most. Dr. Switch and Dr. Rasansky are board-certified ophthalmologists trained in diagnosing and correcting cataracts. Call today to make an appointment with one of our doctors.