What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Cataract Symptoms - London - Risk Factors

Jan 2, 2016 @ 09:00 AM — by csbailey
Tagged with: Cataract Surgery | Eye Care |

A woman examining an elderly patient’s eyes for cataractsCataracts, sadly, are an inevitable part of growing older. While some younger people develop cataracts due to disease, genetic predisposition, or injury, the fact is that if one lives long enough, one will eventually develop cataracts. Proteins will invariably clump together on the natural lens of the eye, obscuring one’s vision and, if left untreated, causing blindness.

Indeed, in underdeveloped countries, cataracts remain the most common cause of blindness. We are fortunate that in England, blindness due to cataracts is rare relative to such countries; however, before cataracts can be surgically removed, they must first be diagnosed by a qualified surgeon such as Mr Steven Bailey. This, in turn, relies on people afflicted with cataracts recognising the symptoms and taking action toward receiving treatment. Unfortunately, many people delay such action, believing that their symptoms will be temporary or that they are indications of minor vision problems.

If you are experiencing any of the cataract symptoms described in this blog post, London ophthalmologist Steven Bailey strongly urges you to schedule an appointment to see him immediately.  

What Are the Risk Factors for Cataracts?

As stated above, age is the primary risk factor for cataracts. This is one of the reasons that people aged 65 and older are advised to have their eyes examined annually as opposed to every other year. However, you should be particularly aware of the symptoms of cataracts if any of the other risk factors for cataracts also apply to you - e.g., you:

  • Are diabetic, especially if your condition is not well controlled
  • Spend a lot of time in the sun
  • Have a family history of cataracts
  • Are overweight
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have undergone eye surgery
  • Have previously suffered an injury to your eye
  • Are a smoker
  • Drink heavily
  • Have undergone radiation therapy
  • Have used corticosteroids over long periods
  • Have experienced swelling of the eye

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Cataracts?

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, it is absolutely imperative that you have your eyes examined as soon as possible:

  • Clouded vision (this is the most common symptom of cataracts)
  • Poor vision at night or in low-light conditions
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Halos around lights
  • Blurred vision
  • Glare, often severe
  • Frequent changes or fluctuations in your vision
  • Changes in your perception of colours, particularly if they appear duller or somewhat yellow in hue
  • Double vision
  • A dimming of your vision
  • Loss of contrast sensitivity
  • Sudden improvement, and equally sudden worsening, of near vision

It is worth noting that, in general, cataracts are not painful and do not affect the appearance of the eyes. While many of these symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions of the eye, none should be taken lightly under any circumstance. It is always best to have your eyes examined if you have even the slightest concern regarding your ocular health.

Learn More about Cataract Symptoms

If you would like to learn more about cataract symptoms, or if you wish to schedule your initial appointment with Mr Steven Bailey, we encourage you to contact our eye care practice today.