Cataracts usually form gradually over many years and most patients will actually adapt to their vision loss or just attribute it to “old age.” Patients often, unconsciously, start to alter and limit their lifestyle and activities. Reducing nighttime deriving due to a lack of confidence is one of the earliest adverse effects of cataracts for many. Fortunately, there has never been a better time to have your cataracts removed as advances in the procedure have made it even safer with superior outcomes.
What causes cataracts?
In addition to associating cataracts with old age, younger people can be affected as well. Certain behaviors such as spending too much time in the sun without eye protection or smoking may put you at higher risk for cataracts. Other factors that may add to your chances of developing cataracts include having high blood sugar or high blood pressure, the use of steroid medications or hormone replacement therapy, or taking statins.
When to see a doctor:
If your notice any changes in your vision, make an appointment for an eye exam. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or blurriness, schedule an appointment right away.
Cataracts symptoms include: