Eye Health

Cataracts

Cataracts: Causes & Symptoms

Cataracts occur when the lenses of the eyes become cloudy. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can affect daily tasks, such as reading, driving or even failing to see detailed expressions on faces around you.

Most cataracts develop slowly, however, in time cataracts will increasingly interfere vision. Stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help patients with early cataracts. Some patients may require cataract surgery if their vision is becoming profoundly affected. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure for many with severe cataracts.

Some symptoms of cataracts may include:

  • Clouded or dim vision
  • Worsening vision at night
  • Light or glare sensitivities
  • Appearance of "halos" around lights
  • Frequent need for eye prescription changes
  • Colours begin fading or ‘yellowing’
  • Double-vision occurring in a single eye

To detect and treat early cataracts, it is essential to make a yearly appointment for an eye exam. If you are experiencing vision changes that seem similar to the symptoms of cataracts described above, contact our clinic and book an appointment today.