It’s normal to be concerned about cataracts. This clouding of the lens of the eye is very normal among adults, and many of our patients want to know how they can prevent it, and what they should do if they think they are seeing the beginning stage of cataracts. The experienced ophthalmologists at Kirk Eye Center are here to prevent, diagnose, and treat cataracts, as well as other eye diseases and vision disorders. Contact us if you’ve had any change in your vision or eyes; we will provide a diagnosis.
Cataracts develop in phases. The cloudy, milky eye appearance that many people associate with cataracts is not typically visible in the beginning stages. Although each person’s experience may vary, here are some of the typical signs and symptoms at each stage:
- Very early cataracts involve the slightest of changes. You may notice increasing blurriness. Your eye will most likely look clear and normal. You may experience a lag in clarity when switching between looking at something far away and nearby. You may experience more frequent eye strain.
- The next stage is called an immature cataract. Blurry, cloudy, dimmed vision may increase, as well as glare and haloes around light sources. You may find it more difficult to drive at night. Your prescription may require more frequent updates.
- Mature cataracts begin to change the outward appearance of the eye. It is possible the eye will begin to look clouded at this stage. Your previous symptoms will worsen and become hard to ignore.
- A hypermature cataract will cause the center of your eye to look milky white or amber. The cataract will be quite dense at this stage and your vision will be significantly reduced.
Cataract removal should be considered once the clouded lens begins to impact your vision significantly and to interfere with daily activities. It may also be possible to perform cataract surgery before that stage. It’s important to visit our ophthalmologists for any vision changes you notice. Whether the cause is cataracts or some other issue, early diagnosis is just about always beneficial to planning effective treatment.
Have You Noticed Blurring or Another Visual Change?
To arrange a consultation to discuss your vision with one of our experienced ophthalmologists in Loveland, CO, please call Kirk Eye Center at 970-669-1107. We look forward to providing you with clear, accurate information about cataracts and potential symptoms.