Recognising the first signs of cataracts: What to watch out for

Cataracts are a common eye condition, especially as we age. They can gradually change the way we see the world. Knowing the first signs of cataracts can help you take timely action to maintain your vision and quality of life. Here’s what you need to watch out for.

Blurry Vision

One of the earliest signs of a cataract is a slight blurring of vision, like looking through a foggy or cloudy lens. It’s often mistaken for a minor issue, but if you notice persistent blurriness, it’s worth checking out.

Changes in Colour Perception

Cataracts can dull your colour perception, making things look less vibrant. Colours might appear faded or yellowish, which is a sign that the lens in your eye is clouding.

Difficulty with Night Vision

If you find it harder to see in low light or at night, or if headlights and street lights seem too bright or have halos, it could be a sign of cataracts. This change can make night driving more challenging.

Frequent Prescription Changes

A sudden or frequent change in your glasses or contact lens prescription can be a clue. If you’re updating your prescription more often, it’s a good idea to get checked for cataracts.

Glare and Light Sensitivity

Increased sensitivity to light and glare, especially in bright sunlight or while driving at night, can indicate the early stages of cataracts. You might notice glare around lights or a halo effect.

Presbyopia and Cataract Development

Presbyopia, the gradual loss of your eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects, is a common age-related change. It often begins in your mid-40s and can continue to progress. While presbyopia itself doesn’t directly cause cataracts, the age-related processes that lead to presbyopia can also increase your risk of developing cataracts. As your eye’s lens ages along with the rest of your body, it becomes less flexible, transparent, and thicker, all factors that contribute to cataract formation.

Early Detection is Key

The sooner cataracts are detected, the easier they are to manage. If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait. Early intervention can help preserve your vision and keep you seeing clearly.

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Concerned about cataracts? Don’t hesitate to reach out. Book a free phone assessment with us today. We’re here to help guide you through your vision health journey and answer any questions you may have. Remember, taking care of your eyes is an essential part of your overall health and well-being.

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