There are several reasons why you could be having difficulty seeing. Some of the causes are common, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These conditions can be treated simply with glasses or contact lenses. Other conditions can cause vision loss that requires further treatment. Cataracts are one of these conditions. Cataracts occur when your natural lens hardens and becomes cloudy.
Cataracts cause several symptoms. Since many of these symptoms mimic those of other conditions of the eye, it is important that you see your ophthalmologist every year. The symptoms of cataracts may include:
Cloudy vision is the most common symptom of cataracts. Many people who suffer from this condition say that they feel as though they are looking out a dirty or foggy window.
Cataracts can make it difficult to see at night. This is especially true when you are driving. You may experience glare around headlights that worsens as the cataract progresses.
Cataracts can cause light sensitivity. If you find that you are relying on your sunglasses more often when it is sunny, it could be due to cataracts.
Cataracts can make reading difficult unless the light in the room is very bright.
Cataracts cause you to see halos around lights. If you are looking at a light and there are bright rings around it, cataracts could be the reason.
Cataracts can cause vision loss. This often results in the frequent need to change your eyeglass prescription.
If your eye doctor finds that you are suffering from cataracts, the condition can be treated with surgery. During the procedure, the cloudy, natural lens would be removed and replaced with an artificial lens to allow you to see clearly.
If you suspect that you have cataracts, the doctors at Fishkind, Bakewell, Maltzman, Hunter & Associates Eye Care and Surgery Care in Tucson are able to help. They will examine your eyes with a dilated exam and determine the best course of treatment. There are many options available for the type of implantable lenses and they will fully discuss those with you. Come and “see” the difference you can experience! Please call the office at 520-293-6740 or visit us at www.eyestucson.com.