How Do I Know if I Need Cataract Surgery?
In most cases, cataracts form slowly over many years. However, some medical conditions (such as diabetes and hypertension) can cause them to evolve more quickly. They can occur in one or both eyes and don’t cause pain or any outwardly noticeable symptoms, such as redness. Because the formation is so gradual they’re routinely first discovered through a regular eye examination.
As the condition progresses some of the common symptoms that might become noticeable include:
- Cloudy vision
- Dim or blurred vision
- A reduction in the quality of nighttime vision
- Increasing sensitivity to light or glare
- Seeing ‘halos’ around a light source
- Colors appearing faded or yellowed
- The need for brighter light when reading and carrying out other close up activities
- More frequent changes for glasses or contact lens prescriptions