Early Cataract Symptoms


Early Cataract Symptoms

Because cataracts often occur because of age, over half of all Americans will develop a cataract by the time they reach the age of 80. However, keep in mind there are also certain behaviors and lifestyle factors that could increase the risk for developing cataracts. These include smoking, high blood sugar, and too much sun exposure without eye protection.

As far as symptoms go, it depends on the severity and rate of progression. Cataracts typically start out small and might not have much effect on the vision early on. But the initial and most obvious cataract symptom is blurred or clouded vision. An example of this might be that some objects may appear blurry or you may notice particular areas of your vision are fuzzy. What usually starts out as a minor vision issue will eventually develop into full-blown cataracts and can negatively affect your everyday activities and make everything around you seem cloudy or dim.

As cataracts progress, they begin to darken in color. Whenever this happens, night vision is impacted, often making driving and other nighttime activities extremely difficult. In addition to poor night vision, sensitivity to light is also a common cataract symptom.  The clouded lens diffracts the light that enters the eye, causing a glare and halo to appear around light sources such as lamps and streetlights. This symptom is not particularly noticeable during the daylight hours but is significant at night when lights appear even brighter against the dark night sky.

If you find that your daily life is affected by your cataracts and you find simple tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, to be difficult, you might consider learning more about cataract removal surgery that is performed in the comfort of our on-site state-of-the-art AAAHC ambulatory surgical center.

To learn more about cataracts and cataract removal surgery at Sweeney Eye Associates, call our Richardson office at 214.247.6739, our Sunnyvale office at 972.842.4926, or click here.

Give The Gift of Sight This Season

Give The Gift of Sight This Season

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can make gift shopping a daunting and time-consuming task! How do you choose the perfect gift for your loved one, when they deserve the world? Why not give them the gift of clear vision at Sweeney Eye Associates! LASIK or Cataract Removal surgery are both gifts that can last a lifetime! Imagine your loved one no longer having to worry about relying on their glasses every day for driving, reading, working, or for their hobbies.

To learn more, call our Richardson office at 214-247-6739 or our Sunnyvale office at 972-842-4926.

There are also several charitable ways to give the gift of sight this holiday season.  Donating your glasses is a great way to give the gift of sight to those who are less fortunate. Whether you no longer need them due to a vision correction procedure or if you just get a new pair, your old glasses can be cleaned and repaired. They are then given to those with the same prescription, or very close, that might otherwise not be able to afford glasses.

To learn more about glasses donation, visit www.lionsclub.org or www.onesight.org.

Another way to give the gift of sight is through organ donation. Eye donation involves just the cornea, which is the clear front layer that allows us to see, and not the actual iris itself. Whenever you sign up to be an organ donor, you can also opt to be a tissue donor as well which has less restrictions than standard organ donation.

To learn more about cornea donation, visit www.organdonor.gov.

Diving Deeper into Cataracts

As we get older, the tissues of our eyes change. The eye’s lens, located behind the iris, is where light is focused onto the retina allowing us to see clearly. The lens gradually becomes thicker and less flexible and the tissues begin to break down and become clouded. This clouding of the lens, known as cataracts, causes the light to become scattered as it passes through. This is what causes the blurred vision that we experience with cataracts. Depending on the severity of your cataracts, your vision may be improved simply by adjusting the prescription of your eyeglasses. But unfortunately, that is the extent of cataract treatment possibilities.

Because cataracts are a natural part of the aging process, there is nothing that can be done to reverse the condition. Cataracts significantly affect your lifestyle, so if you find it difficult to complete daily tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, you should think about undergoing cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery is a safe and quick outpatient procedure that could transform your life. The surgery corrects distance vision, and most patients will require glasses for up-close reading and computer use. There are premium lens options available that could potentially eliminate the need for glasses.

Talk with your Sweeney Eye Associates ophthalmologist about whether cataract surgery is right for you!