A creepy film? A big car? A disease process? What is a cataract?
It's the burning question in patients' minds at their eye exam
Cataracts are a condition where the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy resulting in a decrease in vision. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide
They are typically due to the aging or can be caused by eye trauma or medication use (e.g. steroids) or certain medical conditions like diabetes. They may develop slowly over years or rapidly over a few months.
What are the symptoms?
Blurry vision Difficulty with night vision feeling like a film is over your eyes Glare or light sensitivity Halos around lights Colours appearing dull
Cataracts can be detected at your routine eye exams. In the early stages, vision may be corrected with glasses however in later stages you may require cataract surgery.
There is no way to prevent them BUT proper UV protection sunglasses and an antioxidant rich diet can slow the progression.
Make sure you have your annual eye exam with your eye care provider to check for cataracts or any other eye conditions. Many systemic conditions like diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) can affect the eyes. Don't forget Healthy eyes = Happy Eyes
Book your next eye exam today.
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