Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. They don’t always need immediate removal, but they will eventually begin to impact your day-to-day life. We can keep abreast of the situation during your regular exams, but it’s important to be vigilant in your own normal routine as well. If you begin to notice the following signs, it might be time to begin considering cataract surgery.
Blurry Vision: The most well-known effect of cataracts is a decrease in your vision. As a cataract develops, it becomes larger and more opaque; this blocks light from entering your eye and causes your vision to become blurry. This usually happens gradually over time, so that the change is barely noticeable; it’s important to pay attention to your vision and give our office a call if you are experiencing difficulties.
Difficulty in Dim Light: The effects of cataracts typically begin to become more obvious at night, when the light is lower. This can make activities such as reading, sewing, or night driving more difficult. While some of these difficulties can be solved by increasing the power of your source light, night driving can become increasingly dangerous if you have cataracts.
Light Sensitivity: Certain kinds of cataracts might cause light to become scattered when it hits your eyes. When light is not focused properly on your retina, it can cause painful glare. If you begin to experience this issue, give our office a call for an evaluation.
Halos: You might begin to notice a ring of light around fixed light sources, such as the headlights of cars in oncoming traffic. This can be a distracting side effect if you’re trying to drive at night.
Color Changes: Cataracts will turn a yellowish brown color as time passes. This coloration can actually pass through the cataract and change the color of your vision. If you notice that your vision is becoming muddy or colors are beginning to look faded, it might be time for cataract surgery.
Double Vision: At some point, you might begin noticing multiple images or a shadow behind images. This is a less common symptom of cataracts, but it can impact your daily routine significantly.
Frequent Prescription Changes: Cataracts can be managed for a time with prescription changes, but eventually the problem will need to be corrected with cataract surgery.
If you suspect that it might be time for cataract surgery, give our office a call. Our team will call you in for an evaluation and help you determine your next steps. With three convenient locations in Amherst, Williamsville, and Orchard Park, we are able to work with patients from throughout the greater Buffalo, NY area.