Age related cataracts are a normal age related change. As we get older the lens inside our eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent (clear). A lens that has turned misty, or cloudy, is said to have a cataract. Over time a cataract can get worse, gradually making your vision cloudy. A straight forward operation can usually remove the misty lens and replace it with an artificial lens to enable you to see more clearly again.
What are the symptoms of cataract?
- Cloudy vision
- Hazy vision
- Misty vision
- Night time glare
- Discomfort when looking at bright lights
- Difficulty seeing small print in the distance or at near
- Colours become difficult to see
Cataracts usually develop slowly and although symptoms vary there are some symptoms that most people experience:
When a cataract starts to develop, you may feel that your sight isn’t quite right. For example, if you wear glasses you may feel that your lenses are dirty, even when they’re clean. Gradually, you may find your sight becomes cloudier and colours appear less bright or more washed out. Edges of stairs or steps become more difficult to see and you may feel you need a lot more light to read smaller print.
Another common symptom of a cataract is a problem with bright lights. Lights can seem to glare, or you may find that car headlights dazzle you more than they used to. You may also notice a slight change in your colour vision – things may appear more yellow than before. This often happens if one eye develops a cataract first and colours look different when you compare one eye with the other.
If you notice any of these changes, you should have your eyes tested, at Roots Opticians our Optometrist will be able to tell whether you have developed a cataract or not. The Optometrist will advise you if the cataract requires any further action or if it is mild and needs to be monitored more regularly.
A person can suffer from cataracts at any age, however most people only begin to feel the effect of cataracts when they are over 50 years of age. Diabetic patients can get cataract sooner so they should try to be checked annually. At Roots Opticians our Optometrist has detected and advised thousands of patients in regards to their Cataracts as well as other eye conditions. We can then refer you directly to a Hospital of your choice within Birmingham. Most of our patients prefer to be seen at the Birmingham Midland Eye Centre or they are seen at the Optegra Eye Hospital where they are seen by world leading Consultant Ophthalmologists who conduct cataract surgery using state of the art equipment.