Take Notice of Your Vision Changes
A cataract is a progressive clouding of your eye’s natural lens due to the build-up of proteins in your eye. If your eye lens is not perfectly clear, this will restrict light entering your eyes from properly passing through to your retina (the back of your eye). This condition doesn’t happen overnight: unless your eye doctor tells you about the cataract, you won’t notice it in the early stages. In fact, it can take a few months to several years for a cataract to develop.
Signs You Might Have Cataracts
- Cloudy vision: This symptom will start as a small area of cloudiness in your vision but will ultimately grow to make it seem like you’re looking through a piece of wax paper.
- Lens discoloration: Cataracts cause your clear eye lens to take on a yellowish or brownish color. Again, this change will come on gradually, eventually tinting your vision and causing colors to appear faded. As the lens discoloration advances, you may not be able to identify colors, especially blue and purple.
- Myopic shift: Often patients who used to see really well far away but needed reading glasses have a sudden shift in their vision. They find that they don’t need reading glasses anymore, but their distance vision has gotten much worse. This is a sign that the cataract is starting to evolve. It’s caused a change in the lens, creating temporary nearsightedness.
- Poor night vision: Cataracts make it increasingly difficult to drive at night due to glare or star-bursting from oncoming cars.
- Glare and halos: Light from the sun, an oncoming car’s headlights or lamps can appear too bright. Cataracts can cause you to see halos or glare around the light sources.
Take notice of any vision changes you are experiencing and share these symptoms with your eye doctor. If your cataracts are not prohibiting you from enjoying your activities, it’s entirely fine to live with them. However, when they begin to change how you live your life because you can’t see clearly, it may be time to explore surgery.
There is no way to prevent cataracts. The only way to restore clarity is through cataract surgery in Colorado Springs. This procedure is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, millions of people have cataract surgery every year and enjoy the beauty of restored vision.
Dr. John Wright has performed over 40,000 cataract surgeries, helping many patients restore clarity and vibrance to their vision. Contact us today to schedule a Cataract Evaluation in Colorado Springs to find out if the time might be right for cataract surgery.