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What Causes Cataracts? What Are the Early Signs?

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Academy of Ophthalmology has estimated that about half of all Americans have cataracts by 75 years old! At our eye care center in Ft. Worth, Southlake and , we diagnose cataracts regularly when performing eye exams for our older patients. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to reliably diagnose cataracts.

Causes of Cataracts

The development of cataracts is actually seen as a regular, “normal” part of aging. As you get older, the crystalline lens of your eyes begins to harden and turn yellow. Over time, the cataracts will worsen. That’s why it’s vital to know the early signs so you can benefit from treatment as early as possible. Early treatment may be able to slow the progression of cataracts.

Early Signs of Cataracts

Cataracts differ in terms of their severity, so not everyone will experience the same signs and symptoms. These are the most common symptoms:

  • Blurry or cloudy vision, like you’re looking through a foggy window
  • Dim color perception, everything may appear with a yellow tinge or faded
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Increased light sensitivity, bright lights may cause you to squint or trigger headaches
  • Seeing halos and glare

Slowing the Progression of Cataracts

Often, small cataracts develop slowly, giving you plenty of time to consider options and discuss treatment with your eye doctor. While the progression can be slow, cataracts never simply disappear on their own, and eventually, they can cause blindness. Certain actions can help slow the development, such as:

  • Wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to UV rays
  • Avoiding steroid eye drops
  • Eating a healthy diet

Cataract Surgery

Once the symptoms of cataracts deteriorate to the degree that they disrupt your everyday life, it’s time to discuss cataract removal surgery with our eye doctors in Ft. Worth, Southlake and Downtown. The success rate and recovery are excellent.

At Eyeworks, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

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