Are the lenses of your eyes becoming more cloudy or hazy as you grow older? Are you noticing halos around lights or colours seem muted and dull? If so, you may be developing cataracts. Cataracts are a common eye condition that many people develop as they age, and they can affect your vision in a variety of ways.
If you believe you are developing cataracts, book an appointment with our team, and we can help you find the answers you need to manage your symptoms.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a normal part of the ageing process. They occur when the proteins in our natural lenses become opaque over time, causing cloudy vision.
Nuclear cataracts affect the centre of your lens and can cause nearsightedness early in its development. In some cases, it may also temporarily improve your distance vision, but as it develops, it can cause your lens to turn a yellowish or brownish colour.
Cortical cataracts develop as wedge-shaped streaks around the outer edges of your lens. These wedges can grow over time, eventually affecting your entire lens.
Posterior Subcapsular Cataracts
Posterior subcapsular cataracts develop at the back of your lens, creating a small opaque area directly in the path of light reaching your retina. This form of cataract can develop quickly, causing glare from lights and reducing your near vision.
If your cataracts are only mildly disruptive, your optometrist may suggest workarounds such as a magnifying aid for small print, more light while reading, or wearing glasses treated with an anti-glare coating to minimize the effect your cataracts have on night driving.
However, if your cataracts begin to seriously impede your vision, preventing you from doing the things you enjoy, you may require cataract surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing your natural lens and replacing it with an artificial lens, which will not become cloudy.
Help Is Only an Appointment Away
If you are developing a cataract or have a risk of developing a cataract in your lifetime, make sure you are getting the help you need and book your appointment today.