With review and feedback from CEENTA cataract ophthalmologist Kashyap Kansupada, MD (Belmont, Huntersville)
You know you’ll develop cataracts as you get older. After all, everyone does. But what are some of the signs that you might need cataract surgery?
What is a cataract?
A cataract is when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy. Like having a foggy or cloudy camera lens, no images can be seen clearly. Cataracts in their early stages can be treated by glasses. But if the cataract impedes your daily activities, surgery may be the best treatment.
As mentioned above, cloudiness is a sign that your cataracts are worsening. Cloudiness is, literally, when it looks like you’re trying to see through cloudy, foggy air.
Issues with lights
When you’re driving at night, does it look like halos have encircled the streetlights and the other cars’ headlights? Do the lights glare uncomfortably? Are you sensitive to light during the day? These are signs of cataracts.
“Far and away, the most common trigger for cataract surgery is glare from headlights at night – which is made worse when it’s raining – or from the sun during the day, making driving or distance viewing challenging,” CEENTA cataract surgeon Kashyap Kansupada, MD, said.
Do colors appear dull? Does everything have a yellowish tint? As cataracts cloud your eyes, they can wash out colors. The cataract itself may also be yellowish, which can make everything you see appear more yellow.
Are you seeing double? One of the causes of double vision, or diplopia, is cataracts.
Ignoring your cataracts can lead to blindness. In fact, they are the number one cause of blindness worldwide. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to not put off your cataract treatment.
Cataract care at CEENTA
These are only a few signs of a cataract, which is why annual eye exams are so important, especially after the age of 40.
“Fortunately, regardless of the sign, 99 percent of patients enjoy quick visual recovery and a resumption of their daily activities after surgery,” Dr. Kansupada said.
If you suspect you have a cataract, come to CEENTA for the care you need to see clearly again.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with Dr. Kansupada or any of our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.