A cataract is a gradual clouding of your eye lens due to the build-up of proteins in the eye. This is a normal occurrence as you grow older. As the cataracts grow in size and opacity, their effects on you vision will become increasingly more noticeable and debilitating over time. Eventually, an untreated cataract can cause significant vision loss and even total blindness.
What are the first symptoms of cataracts?
- Blurry, dim or clouded vision (like looking out of a cloudy or streaked window)
- Sensitivity to light
- Glare from the sun or lights
- Poor night vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Colors that look dull or faded
- Need for brighter light for reading or similar activities
- Frequently changing glasses prescription
When will I know I have cataracts?
As the cataract just begins to form, the cloudiness in your vision may affect only a small part of your eye’s lens and you may be unaware of any vision disturbance. Cataracts do not cause pain, tearing, redness or floaters. As the cataract grows larger, it clouds more of your lens and distorts the light passing through the lens. The best way to stay proactive with your eye health is by having regular eye exams at Atwal Eye Care so we can monitor any changes and suggest cataract surgery in Buffalo when necessary.
When is cataract surgery recommended?
In the very early stages of cataracts, using brighter lighting and wearing stronger eyeglasses may help you deal with cataracts. But when your vision begins to interfere with your normal daily activities, it will be time for cataract surgery. Fortunately, due to the advancements in cataract surgery in Buffalo, you may have your cloudy lens removed and replaced with a clear lens. Some patients who choose advanced lifestyle lenses don’t need glasses after surgery! Cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.
If you are experiencing any of the early signs of cataracts, please contact us to schedule a cataract evaluation.