The clouding of the natural lens of your eye is known as a cataract.
Cataracts are most commonly related to aging, and according to the National Eye Institute, more than half of Americans will have developed a cataract or have had cataract surgery by the age of 80.
But how do you know if you are at risk of developing cataracts?
Here are four of the most common symptoms associated with the onset of cataracts that will help you identify them.
1. Clouded or Blurry Vision
Cataracts create an opaque film in the lens of your eye.
This prevents light from reaching your retina properly, causing the images recorded by your retina to be blurred and out of focus.
As the cataract develops in your lens, you will start to notice a gradual decline in your ability to see clearly and focus on sharp or detailed images.
2. Sensitivity to Light and Glare
Additionally, you may notice that lights will give off a brighter or harsher glow.
Since you are unable to focus properly on images, lights will cause excessive glare and appear blinding or painful to look at.
A lack of focused vision will also make colors appear less vibrant and much dimmer than usual.
3. Loss of Night Vision
Cataracts can cause a lack of contrast sensitivity, as well, impairing your ability to see in dim light.
The impairment of this ability, known as “night vision,” can affect any activity that you need to accomplish in a setting with little or no light, and can be especially dangerous when driving at nighttime.
4. Frequent Changes in Prescription
A rapidly changing prescription can be a telltale sign that your eyesight is deteriorating, and that cataracts may be clouding your vision.
Scheduling a regular eye exam is important, especially if you are worried about the rate at which your prescription is changing.
Affected persons may not recognize these subtle changes in your vision as being cataracts, but a trained ophthalmologist can detect cataracts before the report of any noticeable vision problems.
If you are experiencing any of these signs, or are concerned that you may be experiencing the symptoms of cataracts without even knowing it, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today.
Don't wait as your vision continues to deteriorate, and don't let symptoms like these go unattended.
The best way to treat cataracts is to recognize the symptoms early and connect with your eye doctor to find the best treatment option for you.