Know the Symptoms of Cataracts and Your Treatment Options
Cataracts are all too common these days. Cataracts are a clouding of the clear lens of your eye. For people with cataracts, seeing through the clouded lens is like looking through fog. Vision is cloudy; it is difficult to read, and driving a vehicle is troublesome (especially at night). There are symptoms to watch for, and you certainly have treatment options available.
Some signs and symptoms to watch for include:
- Clouded or blurred vision
- Difficulty with your vision at night
- Sensitivity to light
- The need for brighter light while reading
- Seeing “halos” near lighting
- Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
- Fading of colors
- Double vision in one eye
Early on, the cloudiness caused by a cataract only affects a relatively small portion of the eye. You may even be unaware of the vision loss, as it is so miniscule. As the cataract grows in size, it begins to cloud more of the eye and distorts light passing through the lens. You may start to notice further symptoms at this point.
Cataract Treatment Options
When it comes to cataract treatment options, you have several choices. Your eye specialist will help select the best path. Traditional cataract surgery involves a hand-held blade made of durable metal or diamond to create a small incision in the cornea. Through this incision, the cataract itself is removed before an intraocular lens is inserted.
Alternatively, laser-assisted cataract surgery may be a viable option for your case. This procedure utilizes a femtosecond laser to create a very precise incision. The results are the same, depending on the skill and expertise of your surgeon.