They say early detection is better to prevent any further damage that may happen to your eyes. We should be aware of the signs and symptoms of cataracts. Discussed here are the types of cataracts that can develop over time.
- Subcapsular cataract – it occurs at the posterior or back of the lens. Those who are taking high doses of steroid medications, have diabetes, are extremely nearsighted, or those with retinitis pigmentosa are at greater risk of having this type of cataract.
- Nuclear cataract – it forms deep into the central zone or nucleus of the lens. This is the common type of cataract and those from 40 and above age range are mostly affected.
- Cortical cataract – it is commonly characterized by white or cloudy opacities that develop in the lens cortex, which is the peripheral or outside edge of the lens. People with diabetes are at risk of developing cortical cataracts.
How Cataract Forms
Normally, we have a clear natural lens that focuses light onto the retina for clear vision whether it’s up close or far away. The lens is made of water and protein which keeps the lens clear and allows the light to pass through. But as we get older, the protein clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens, forming a cataract. It may grow larger, making it harder for us to see things clearly.
Let’s put it into this picture: it is similar to a dirty windshield of a car or a messy camera lens. You can’t see what’s ahead because something is blocking the vision, right? That’s how people with cataract experience.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms we should take note of:
- Visual change – Blurred, clouded or dim vision
- Difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Dull color vision
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Increased nearsightedness
- Frequent change in eyeglass grade prescription
- Double vision in one eye
If you are experiencing any kind of symptoms mentioned above, don’t let the day pass by! Do something before it’s too late. It is best to consult an eye doctor for you to undergo a comprehensive eye exam and to properly diagnose your vision problem. You may also consider cataract surgery in Los Angeles if you are a good candidate. Call us now at 866 923 9235 and start enjoying a better vision!