Cataracts (the clouding of the eye’s lens) can develop over the course of several months or even years. The symptoms often develop equally slowly. One of the earliest signs of cataracts is the loss of clarity, often described by patients as “cloudy” or “fuzzy” vision.
There are other telltale signs of cataracts. If you have noticed symptoms of cataracts, Dr. David Masihdas can examine your eyes to determine if you have the condition and how far it has progressed. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe and effective way to restore lost vision. Dr. Masihdas performs this procedure at our Salt Lake City, UT clinic.
Depending on the patient and his or her age, cataract symptoms can vary significantly. Here are a few common signs that you may have cataracts.
Loss of Clarity of Vision
As the lens hardens and becomes discolored due to cataracts, vision can become noticeably impaired. Patients often report that their vision becomes cloudy, blurry, or dim as a result of cataracts.
Diffraction from lens clouding can cause the appearance of two or more images from a single object. This is commonly known as double vision. Impaired vision may be especially noticeable at night.
Individuals with cataracts often experience sensitivity to light. Bright lights can cause glare or the appearance of halos or starbursts (a series of concentric light rays) around light sources.
Frequent Vision Prescription Changes
If you find yourself needing stronger prescription glasses or contacts on a regular basis, your money may be better spent seeing an eye doctor for the underlying causes. Patients with cataracts frequently require stronger and stronger glasses until their cataracts are treated.
In advanced-stage cataracts, the proteins clouding your lens may turn yellow or brown. The results may give your vision a yellowish tint. Colors tend to lose their vibrancy at this stage.
Causes of Cataracts
When discussing your medical history, Dr. Masihdas may ask if you have any of the following risk factors for cataracts:
- Tobacco use
- Frequent exposure to UV radiation
- Long-term steroid use
- Previous eye surgery
- A family history of cataracts
- High blood sugar
If you have cataracts, don’t be alarmed. More than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts in one or both eyes. According to the National Eye Institute, corrective surgery for cataracts is one of the most common operations performed in the United States.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Surgery is the only way to eliminate cataracts. During the procedure, Dr. Masihdas will remove the clouded lens and replace it with an intraocular lens. The procedure restores clear vision no matter how far advanced cataracts have become.
Call Utah Eye Associates Today
Dr. Masihdas is a board-certified optometric physician and a pioneer in medical optometry. He has been in practice for more than 30 years. To learn how we can help diagnose your eye symptoms and provide an effective treatment plan, contact our office online or call (801) 363-2851.