Cataracts are a common eye condition that causes vision to deteriorate in older people. A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear part of your eye called the lens.
Depending on how big the cataract is and where it is, it can interfere with your sight. This is because a cataract acts like frosted glass, causing your vision to become blurred.
A cataract is the change to the natural lens in your eye. Cataracts' growth is just like frying an egg… when we are young the lens in our eye is clear - just like a raw egg white. But as we age the lens gets cloudy - just like a cooked egg white. It's no wonder it affects your vision. Cataracts are just part of growing older, you can't do anything to prevent them, or to speed up the process. Surgery is required for cataracts if they get bad enough.
Cataracts usually form very slowly and develop in both eyes, although one may be worse than the other.
The eye is one of the most complex organs in your body and it relies on many intricate structures for you to see clearly - any slight changes can have a large effect on your vision and can be symptomatic of broader health issues.
"When I examined him I found he had significant cataracts in both eyes. I also checked his blood pressure and found it was very high. So we sent him to a local GP and an ophthalmologist. He has since found out he has Diabetes and has had cataract surgery on his right eye, so we're very glad we were able to pick up these issues when we did.Teresa Hsu, a Visique optometrist recalls a recent customer coming in saying the vision in his right eye was a bit fuzzy and his left eye was fine.
Our customer said that this time, having his eyes checked was a life-changing experience for the good.
He said that his eyes are connected to your general health and it was his eye test that led to being diagnosed with Diabetes. So he was very happy that he took the time to get his eyes checked."
Common symptoms of cataracts are:
Colours that seem faded or washed out
Increased sensitivity to glare from lights (e.g. sunlight or car headlamps)
Not being able to see well at night
Frequent prescription changes to eyewear
As we get older many aspects of our vision change, therefore, it is important to make regular visits to your Visique optometrist. Surgery to remove the cataracts may be needed later, but until then your Visique optometrist can monitor any changes in your vision and help you to get the most out of your eyesight.
Your Visique optometrist always includes a check for cataracts in your regular eye examination.