Symptoms of Cataracts

Cataract Symptoms

About the Symptoms of Cataracts

Are you suffering form the symptoms of cataracts in the Auburn or Norway area? In our younger years, the Crystalline Lens is usually soft, flexible and “crystal” clear. Generally it has excellent transparency and optical clarity until we progress into our 50’s and 60’s. At this time, the normally “crystal” clear lens may gradually become yellow and cloudy. If this occurs, patients can experience a mild blurring of their vision, often as if they need a change in eyeglass prescription. As the yellowing and clouding of the Crystalline Lens continues with age, patients may also begin to notice that it is not as easy to see well and comfortably in dim illumination, such as when reading or driving at night. Some patients notice that colors look faded and also may observe glare, haloes, light sensitivity and a continuing decrease in their vision. If the Crystalline Lens becomes too cloudy it may cause a significant decrease in both daytime and nighttime vision. These are the visual symptoms that are common for those patients whose Crystalline Lens has clouded and formed a cataract (http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp).

Even if you have had perfectly normal vision throughout life, cataracts can be a common eye problem as we get older. It is important to note that cataracts are even more common if you have had certain health problems such as diabetes or taken certain medications such as cortisone for asthma or other types of inflammatory conditions.

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