Across the United States, more than 20 million American suffer from cataracts each year. Cataracts refers to an eye condition where one or both of the eyes’ lenses become clouded and foggy. The severity of a cataract can vary greatly, with some small enough so as not to seriously affect vision and some cataracts causing extremely blurry or clouded vision. By understanding the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options for cataracts, you can make better informed decisions about your own eye health.
Symptoms and Risk Factors for Cataracts
Generally, people age 60 and older are the most prone to developing cataracts, as cataracts are a normal part of aging. However, cataracts can happen at just about any age. Those who have experienced prolonged periods of sun exposure to the eyes without proper UV protection (such as from sunglasses) are also more prone to developing cataracts, as are those with a family history of this eye condition. Other risk factors include:
- High blood pressure
- Previous eye injury, surgery, or inflammation
- Significant alcohol consumption
There are many potential symptoms of cataracts, and those suffering from the condition could experience one, several, or all of them at any given time. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Decreased ability to see clearly especially at night
- Blurred or clouded vision
- Dulling or yellowing of colors
- Perception of halos or rings around lights
- Increased sensitivity to light
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, even if they aren’t present all the time, it is worth seeing an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Treatment for Cataracts
An eye exam and screening is all that is needed to diagnose cataracts. From there, treatment can vary depending on the severity of your cataracts and the effects on your vision. In some cases, cataracts may be small enough that they do not require immediate treatment, but your eye doctor will want to monitor them closely to ensure they don’t expand and begin to impact your vision more seriously.
At Florida Eye Specialists, you can learn more on our website Cataract Center . We are one of just a few eye care centers in Florida to offer laser assisted cataract treatment, which allows us to precisely target and break up cataracts. Many patients who have this treatment done find that they experience immediate benefits, such as improved vision and decreased sensitivity to light.
When to See an Eye Doctor
If you’re experiencing any signs of cataracts, regardless of your age, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with one of our eye doctors here at Florida Eye Specialists. Contact us today to request your appointment and find out more about our eye care services.