More than 20 million Americans currently have cataracts and an estimated 6 million have already had cataract surgery. This eye disease is very common among those over 40 years old and can lead to blindness if left untreated. Cataracts cause the natural lens of your eye to become cloudy or opaque and prevent light from passing through the lens to your retina, which causes blurred vision and other symptoms. Cataract surgery involves removing your clouded eye lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL).
There are many early signs of cataracts that you can watch for including:
- Blurry vision
- Trouble seeing or driving at night
- Light sensitivity
- Glares and halos around lights
- Rapidly changing prescriptions
- Fading colors
These symptoms develop slowly and could start with minor issues reading in low-light situations such as dinner menus at restaurants.
Cataracts Vs. Age-Related Vision Loss
Loss of your near vision is a natural part of the aging process and is the reason many adults over 40 require reading glasses. Near vision loss happens to everyone as the eye lens loses its flexibility and begins to harden with age—this is called presbyopia. However, frequent changes to your vision that impact your ability to see both near and far could be a sign of cataracts. If you find yourself buying new reading glasses on a consistent basis, it's time to schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor in Loveland.
Cataracts progress slowly, but early intervention can save you from unnecessary loss of vision.
If you’re experiencing vision changes, please contact Kirk Eye Center in Loveland today at 970-669-1107 to schedule your eye exam. Our eye doctors serve clients in Longmont, Fort Collins, Windsor and Loveland, Colorado.