Early Cataract Symptoms
Because cataracts are often the result of aging, over half of all Americans will develop a cataract by the time they reach the age of 80. But it is important to keep in mind there are also some behaviors and factors that could increase the risk for developing cataracts. These include smoking, high blood sugar, and too much sun exposure without eye protection.
As for the symptoms, cataracts typically start out small and might not have much effect on the vision. But the initial and most obvious symptom is blurry or cloudy vision. An example of this could be certain objects may appear blurred or you may notice certain areas of your vision are fuzzy. What starts out as just a minor visual issue will eventually develop into full-blown cataracts and can negatively affect your everyday activities, making everything around you seem cloudy or dim.
As cataracts progress, they start to darken in color. When this happens, night vision is impacted, often making driving and other nighttime activities extremely difficult. In addition to poor night vision, sensitivity to light is also a common cataract symptom. The clouded lens diffracts the light that enters the eye, causing a glare and halo to appear around light sources such as lamps and streetlights. This symptom is not particularly noticeable during the daylight hours but is significant at night when lights appear even brighter against the dark sky.
If your lifestyle is significantly affected by your cataracts and you find it difficult to complete daily tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, you may consider learning more about cataract removal surgery that takes place at our fully-accredited, ambulatory Surgery Center.