Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts. The older a person gets the greater the risk for developing cataracts.
Blurred Vision– Can happen with objects close-up or at a distance.
Seeing Halos around Lights– Halos are bright circles that surround a light source, like headlights. While glare is light that enters the eye, and interferes with your vision.
Frequent changes to eye glasses prescription– You may find that one prescription is not best and you frequently squint.
Poor night Vision– You may also have sensitivity to light and trouble seeing in poorly lit places.
Faded or dull colors– With age we lose the ability to clearly distinguish certain colors, cataract surgery can make major difference because it replaces lenses in the eyes, clearing away the yellowish film.
The greatest risk factor for cataracts is simply getting older. The eye’s lens is made up of water and proteins, and over time those proteins begin to clump together, leading to the blurry and fuzzy vision of cataracts. You can change your eye glass prescription only so much, but the only way to cure the cataract is with surgery. This procedure involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.
If you think you may have cataracts or want further information visit www.griffineyecenter.com or 843-449-6414.