Cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss, especially as we age, but they are treatable with cataract surgery. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic has performed over 50,000 cataract surgeries, and has provided the best in cataract treatment and technology to East Texans for over 50 years.
What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
A cataract reduces quality of vision due to the "clouding up" of the eye's lens. Normally, light passes through the eye's lens and pupil, hitting the retina at the back of the eye. But, when the lens becomes cloudy, the image that reaches the retina is dull and blurred, which results in poor vision.
The cloudiness that is a cataract is caused by a chemical change in the lens itself. Cataracts are usually the result of the natural aging process but can also result from injury or eye infections. The onset of vision loss is gradual and may be hard to notice at first-cataracts can take months or years to fully form. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness.
Cataracts typically cause no symptoms until they become large enough to blur light coming through the eye's lens. Once symptoms do develop, they may include:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Seeing dull or faded colors
- Seeing halos around lights
- Sensitivity to glare from the sun and car headlights
- Trouble judging distances
- Trouble reading, especially fine print
- Difficulty seeing or driving at night