The most common cause of blindness in the world is the result of an untreated cataract. A cataract occurs when the lens that transmits light to the retina thickens, resulting in a clouding of natural vision. The only method to determine whether you do in fact have a cataract, is for an ophthalmologist to perform a dilated eye exam. However, there are several symptoms that can alert you to the probability of a developing cataract.
Common Indications of a Developing Cataract
Cataracts typically develop slowly and therefore affect your vision very slightly over time, often making symptoms hard to detect at first. As the lens thickens, distorting and disrupting your eye’s ability to transmit light, the symptoms will become more apparent. You may notice:
- Blurred vision
- Dimmed vision
- Double vision
- Faded vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty with night vision
- Loss of contrast sensitivity
- Appearance of “halos” around bright lights
- Abnormally frequent changes in eye glass prescriptions
- An increase in yellow hues and a reduction of the perception of blue tones
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be at risk of a cataract and should seek a thorough diagnosis immediately. While cataracts usually develop slowly in one eye before developing in the other, and can be effectively treated if diagnosed early, undiagnosed cataracts can result in blindness.
If you are in Winston-Salem or Greensboro, North Carolina, and would like to be tested for cataracts, please contact Summit Eye Care to schedule an appointment today.