You've heard of cataracts, but do you know how they can affect your vision as you age? Knowing the facts about how a cataract can affect one or both eyes can help you recognize the symptoms and seek medical help. Read on to learn all about cataracts.
Time for a Checkup
Scheduling an annual appointment with your eye doctor can help catch symptoms of cataracts before they cause damage. A person can develop cataracts at any age, so it's important that you don't skip this appointment. However, this eye disease is most common after the age of 40.
What Exactly are Cataracts?
A cataract grows over time and covers the lens of the eye so light can't enter. In the beginning, the symptoms of cataracts can be very mild and hardly noticeable, and a person’s vision will hardly be affected. However, as time passes, the eye’s lens will continue to become more cloudy and opaque-looking until the person is eventually blinded. Cataracts can also cause the additional symptoms of eye pain, headaches and double vision.
There are three types of cataracts:
- A subcapsular cataract develops behind the eye lens. This type is common with diabetes.
- A cortical cataract begins to grow at the edges of the eye lens and toward the center.
- A nuclear cataract develops in the center of the eye lens and usually affects the elderly.
There is no need to suffer from the symptoms of cataracts. Regular eye exams can detect this condition early, and cataracts can be removed with surgery to restore vision. This specialized eye surgery usually takes around 20 minutes to complete and is one of the most common surgeries performed.
A Need for Caution
If you find you need brighter lights to read a favorite book or can’t see a computer screen clearly, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Cataracts can pose a danger to your safety and cause all sorts of accidents, such as tripping and falling. This can be especially dangerous for the elderly. Cataracts can also make it very difficult to drive a vehicle or safely operate any kind of machinery.
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