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Ten Signs That You May be Developing Cataracts

Cataracts are not painful or sudden. They start out as just a tiny spot of cloudiness that the brain can compensate for and most people don’t notice until it has grown large enough to truly impair vision. Early detection of the signs gives you a chance to make diet and lifestyle changes which will protect your eyes and slow or halt the growth of cataracts, helping to delay or prevent the need for cataract surgery and possible blindness.

1. You need brighter light for reading and other fine work
As your lens becomes clouded it blocks some of the light from your retina, making it harder to see. As far as your eye is concerned the lighting looks lower than it used to be.

2. Driving at night becomes more stressful
Headlights of oncoming cars appear too bright and create halos or glare, making it difficult to see the road and read road signs. You are constantly squinting and straining to see clearly.

3. When you step outside during the day the sun is blinding
Cataracts make it more difficult to adjust from dim to bright light. They cause the light to scatter throughout your eye, so you can’t see clearly.

4. Indoor lighting which you used to find comfortable is now too bright
Because the light is scattered by the cataract, too much light is all over the place inside your eye, instead of being focused properly on the retina.

5. The world is not as colorful and vivid as it used to be
You’re not just getting old and jaded. Cataracts create a yellow tinged haziness in the eye’s lens, obscuring colors.

6. You have double vision even when you close one eye
This is different from double vision with both eyes open. Each eye has double vision with the other eye closed, again due to light scatter. Astigmatism can have a similar effect.

7. You wonder if there is a slight haze in the air when you look at a light
Halos and glare noticeable around lights, but not around objects can mimic the visual disturbance you have grown accustomed to when there is a slight fog or haze in the air.

8. You blink often to try and clear your vision
You may experience a vague blurriness, much like having a slight film over your eyes. Your natural instinct is to blink and try to clear them.

9. Your eyes tire easily
When vision is slightly obscured by the cloudiness of the lens, or when the retina isn’t getting enough light, your eyes work harder. You are probably squinting and straining more than you realize, making your eyes feel tired and strained.

10. Your contact or eyeglass prescription doesn’t work for very long
As cataracts progress they change your vision. Eyeglass and contact prescriptions must change often to keep pace. Your vision is changing more quickly than normal because your lens is becoming more clouded, changing the way that light passes through your eye.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to an experienced ophthalmologist today. You may be developing cataracts, or you could be experiencing the beginning of some even more serious vision problem.

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