What Are Symptoms of Cataracts?

Are you experiencing any unusual or unexplainedeye symptoms? If your eyes are really off, it’s important to pay attention, as it could be the sign of a serious eye condition such as cataracts. But what are the symptoms of cataracts, and how can you get a diagnosis.

Understanding cataracts
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. The lens of the eye is composed of mainly water and proteins, and the proteins are normally arranged in a manner that allows light to pass through easily. However over time, the proteins may clump together, leading to the formation of cloudy areas on the lens.

Cataracts can cause vision loss if left untreated. That’s why it’s so important to spot the disease early, before it progresses. However, cataracts tend to develop gradually, and as a result individuals are often unaware that they have a problem, as there may not be an obvious change in their vision.

What are symptoms of cataracts?
Blurry vision is one of the most common symptoms of cataracts. Other symptoms include sensitivity to glare and light,frequent prescription changes, and difficulty seeing at night. People with cataracts may also see halo around lights, and this can be especially problematic when driving at night, as the headlights from oncoming vehicles can interfere with vision.

Not everyone with cataracts will have all these symptoms, so it’s advisable to check with a board certified ophthalmologist for an accurate diagnosis. The ophthalmologist will conduct an eye examination, and assess your eyes for cataracts.

Are you interested in having your eyes checked for cataracts? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the greater Washington DC metro area, New View Eye Center, Reston VA is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.newviewlasereye.com, or by calling 703 834 9777.

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