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How Do I Know If I Have Cataracts?

It isn’t always easy to tell if you’re experiencing vision problems due to cataracts. Over time, your vision can change so gradually that you might not even be able to notice a difference! We’ve put together a list of the most common effects of cataracts so that you can figure out if you need to get treatment for this inconvenient vision problem.Cataract

Signs and Symptoms

Cataracts won’t cause you any pain, but their symptoms will make your life more difficult. If you’ve noticed any of these, you should get your eyes checked for cataracts:

 You suddenly become nearsighted or farsighted 

  • Do you use reading glasses to read or use your phone/computer? If you’ve noticed that you suddenly don’t need glasses for close work, but have difficult seeing things that are far away (or vice versa) you may have experienced a ‘myopic shift’ which is common in individuals with cataracts.

You have poor night vision

  • Do you have difficulty seeing at night? Cataracts can interfere with your ability to see well in darkness and also cause glares and flares from lights.

–  Your vision is cloudy

  • Have you noticed a small cloud at the center of your vision? This could be the start of a cataract forming. Over time, this cloud may grow in size which indicates that your cataract is worsening.

Discoloration

  • Do your eyes appear darker or yellow in color? With cataracts, your eyes can start to take on a yellow/brown hue, which can also change how you see the world. As your vision becomes darker, you’ll have a more difficult time doing simple tasks and should seek out help immediately.

–   Halos/Glares

  • Lamps, headlights, and other light sources might cast larger than normal halos and glares if you’re experiencing cataracts.

–   Blurry/Double Vision

  •   Do you feel like you sometimes can’t see straight? This might be because your cataracts are making it more difficult for you to see. You may experience double vision at first, but as the cataract goes, it might go away.

 

Do you feel like you’ve experienced any of these symptoms? Book an appointment with us today.