Know the Symptoms of Cataracts
In eye health, early diagnosis is often key to successfully treating conditions before serious consequences, such as permanent vision loss, occur. Maintaining a schedule of regular eye exams is a key component to staying on top of eye health so that any condition can be diagnosed and treated early on. It is also important for patients to be aware of any changes to the eye and to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of eye disease so that an appointment can be scheduled at the first sign of trouble. Cataracts, which is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, is one such condition that can be successfully treated when it is caught in its earliest stages. Dr. Walter Choate teaches his Nashville patients to recognize the most common cataract symptoms so that a thorough eye exam can be scheduled if any of these symptoms develop.
A cataract creates a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. As this clouding becomes more developed, the most common symptom that patients will experience is blurry, clouded vision and a difficulty seeing details clearly. However, by the time this symptom develops, cataracts have already advanced significantly. It is important for patients to recognize some of the early symptoms that cataracts may cause so that this condition can be diagnosed and treated early on. Additional symptoms that may develop as a result of cataracts include the following:
- The need for frequent prescription changes for eyeglasses or contacts
- Colors begin to appear dull or faded
- An increased sensitivity to light
- Glares or “halos” around lights
- Difficulty driving at night due to poor night vision
- Double vision in one eye
Regular eye exams are the best way to diagnose cataracts in their earliest stages. However, if a patient experiences any of the above symptoms, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible so that the cause of these symptoms can be diagnosed. Cataracts can impede vision, making even everyday tasks difficult to complete, and taking the joy out of life. However, with early detection, cataracts can be managed and then treated so that patients can experience clear vision and regain personal freedom and enjoyment.
If Dr. Choate does determine that cataracts have developed, he will discuss treatment options with his patients. In the early stages of disease, cataracts should be successfully managed with the use of increasingly stronger prescription eye wear. However, eventually, cataracts will require surgery for adequate treatment. Cataract surgery allows for the removal of the lens that has become obstructed by the cataract. This natural lens is then replaced with an IOL, or intraocular lens, which restores clear vision for patients.
Schedule an Appointment
At Choate Eye Associates, we help our patients to maintain good eye health and clear vision so that they can enjoy life to the fullest. If you have noticed changes in your eye vision or have experienced some of the common symptoms of cataracts, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that Dr. Choate can examine your eyes and make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. We look forward to working with you!