One of the best parts of my job is seeing patients after cataract surgery. Patients often comment in wonder how they can see the colours of the leaves again or pick out birds in the sky and sometimes with wry smile will say they didn't realise they had that many wrinkles :)
My patients then often will muse as to why they left it so long to have cataract surgery, so I thought it might help to write about what are some of the ways cataracts can affect your vision so that you are aware of what is not just normal ageing and what may be cataracts.
Probably the most common symptom is blurring of vision even with glasses or contacts. You don't have that clarity anymore, you have given up reading except in really good natural light or you can't see the numbers on the football players on the field. Another common complaint may be that you are changing your glasses every 6 months and each change seems to helps less and less.
Glare can also be an issue with certain sorts of cataracts (yes there is more than 1 type!).
Oncoming car headlights may seem more blinding than usual and you don't want to drive at night anymore.
So if you have this issues, you may have cataracts and should make an appointment with your eye surgeon or optometrist.
* Information on this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as professional medical advice or as a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional.