Cataracts cause more vision problems than any other eye condition or disease. A cataract causes a part of the lens to become opaque or cloudy. This cloudiness obstructs light from passing through easily, causing vision to become blurry, like looking through a fogged-up window. The cloudier the lens, the worse the vision will be. Cataracts usually develop slowly and sufferers will experience blurred vision that gradually worsens over time.
The Dangers of Untreated Cataracts
Given that cataracts are fairly common, it is likely that there are a significant number of individuals that have begun to develop cataracts and are not yet aware of it. Early stages of cataract development may lead some patients to believe that their worsening vision is simply the result of aging and not realize the severity of their condition until cataracts begin to have a detrimental effect on their vision.
If cataracts are left untreated, they will eventually cause significant disruption in everyday life and interfere with normal activities like driving a car or watching television. Ultimately, complete vision loss will result.
Who is at Risk of Developing Cataracts?
The likelihood of developing cataracts increases as a person ages, with as many as 50% of individuals over the age of 65 developing cataracts that will impact their ability to lead a normal life. Symptoms to watch for include:
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Increased difficulty seeing at night
- Increased sensitivity to light
- The appearance of halos around lights
- Faded or diminished perception of color
- Double vision in one eye
Regular visits to the eye doctor will increase the chances that cataracts are discovered early. Fortunately, modern surgical procedures developed to treat this condition make it possible for ophthalmologists to address this issue using a procedure that is both quick and painless. At Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, your doctor uses a laser to painlessly remove cataracts and restore normal vision.
If you are experiencing vision problems, don’t leave your condition untreated. Contact us today at 512-472-4011 or westlakeeyes.com to schedule an examination.