Signs that Indicate Cataract Surgery Is Right for You
Cataract surgery is the most effective treatment for improving and protecting vision impaired by cataracts. Cataracts are a common vision problem that can make common tasks, like reading and driving, difficult or impossible. Understanding the signs of cataracts can help those affected by this condition seek treatment before vision is severely damaged.
At Wicker Park Eye Center, Dr. Daniel J. Tepper uses the latest technology to identify the signs that indicate cataract surgery is right for you. Contact our Chicago, IL practice to schedule your appointment with us.
What Are the Signs that Cataract Surgery Is Necessary?
A cataract is a clumping of protein within the lens of the eye that causes vision to become impaired, sometimes to the point that it's impossible to safely do everyday activities, like drive or walk up or down stairs.
Knowing the signs that indicate cataract surgery is necessary is a key step to knowing when to seek treatment. If you experience one or more of these signs, cataract surgery may be right for you.
Cloudy or Blurred Vision
One of the most common signs of cataracts is cloudy vision. Some people describe cloudy vision as similar to looking through haze or fog. In other circumstances, vision may not be so much cloudy as it is blurred.
Cloudy or blurriness is generally isolated to the areas in which cataracts are present, meaning vision may be blurred or cloudy in spots and not throughout the whole field of vision.
Double vision may develop in an eye affected by cataracts. Double vision can make it appear as though there are multiple images layered over one another.
It's important to note that double vision in both eyes can be a sign of a serious issue, like a brain injury, Graves' disease, or uncontrolled diabetes. Typically, cataracts only cause double vision in one eye and may begin to clear as cataracts grow larger.
Halo Around Lights
Some people may begin to see halos around lights as cataracts develop. This is because cataracts affect the way in which light enters the eyes, causing diffraction of light waves. Diffraction occurs when light waves bend around an obstacle.
Often, the result of light waves bending around a cataract is that lights look like they have rings, or halos, around them.
Seeing halos around lights can make it dangerous for those with one or more cataracts to drive at night, when brake lights, headlights, and streetlights are prominent.
Colors Look Faded or Yellowed
People with cataracts often complain that colors begin to look faded or everything takes on a yellow tinge.
Difficulty Seeing at Night
Cataracts cloud and obscure vision, making it particularly difficult to see at night when light is limited. As cataracts progress, the lenses of the eyes may darken, further affecting night vision.
Increased sensitivity to light is another common sign that cataract surgery may be needed. Some people with cataracts develop sensitivity to bright lights, which can be painful.
Schedule a Consultation
If you suspect you have cataracts, or are experiencing one or more of the signs of cataracts, cataract surgery may be right for you. To find out if you're a candidate, call us or contact us online to schedule a consultation.