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Early Signs of Cataracts

Cataracts are an eye condition that causes clouding in the lens of the eyes. The condition generally occurs in people over the age of 65, but it can also occur at birth or because of disease or trauma. The development of cataracts occurs gradually, until the individual’s vision becomes seriously impaired. Here are some of the early signs of cataracts that should trigger a visit to an eye care professional:

Blurred Vision

If you begin to notice blurring of objects when you try to focus on them, it may be cataracts that are affecting your ability to see clearly. You may feel as if you are looking through a cloudy glass or like everything appears like an impressionist painting. These are signs that you should have your eyes checked by a physician.

Objects Look Hazy or Dull

Another symptom of cataracts is when objects appear hazy or dull. Because cataracts affect the clarity of the lens of the eye, everything you see may appear as if it has a haze or veil over it.

Lighting Glares Too Brightly

Cataracts may cause lighting to seem too bright or too glaring. This light sensitivity can cause difficulty with reading or driving.

Dull-Looking Colors

When an individual has cataracts, colors appear less vivid. You may notice that your favorite clothing does not look as attractive or that your artwork seems less appealing. This effect can be produced by the clouding of the lens of the eye.

“Haloes” Around Lights

The lens clouding may cause light sources to have “haloes” around them. This effect can cause night driving to be more difficult.

Frequent Vision Prescription Changes

If you are changing the prescription of your eyeglasses or contact lenses frequently, it could mean that cataracts are causing vision problems. A visit to an eyecare professional can determine if the condition needs immediate treatment.

Poor Night Vision

If you notice that your night vision has worsened, it may be because of the development of cataracts. You may begin to need a nightlight to ensure safety when you get up to go to the bathroom at night. Your nighttime walks with the dog may seem more hazardous. You may find that driving at night is more difficult. These signs could signal the development of cataracts that require treatment.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Florida Eye Specialists and Cataract Institute today to make an appointment to discuss your eye care needs.

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