Cataracts are very common. They can develop slowly and may not disturb your vision early on. However, over time they can start to affect your vision, and you will notice some symptoms. Lisa M McDevitt OD is an optometrist in Reading who helps patients with cataracts. Here are seven signs that you might have cataracts:
1. Your vision is blurry. This symptom is the most common one for cataracts because the cataract actually clouds your vision. More specifically, it's a clouding of the lens that's inside your eye.
2. You see halos around lights. Halos are usually seen as rings of light that surround a bright light source, like the sun. They can also be seen as circles of light around headlights when driving at night.
3. You have trouble seeing at night. Night blindness is another common symptom of cataracts. This happens because the clouding of the lens makes it harder for your eye to focus light.
4. You have trouble with bright lights. If you find that bright lights are bothersome or even painful, it could be an indication of cataracts. You could also notice more strain on your eyes when you're trying to read or do other close work.
5. You see double. This is a less common symptom, but if you start seeing double, especially in one eye, it could be a sign of cataracts.
6. Colors seem faded. Does the world seem less vibrant than it used to be? Faded colors occur with cataracts because the clouding of the lens affects the way light enters your eye.
7. You have changes in your prescription often. If you are changing your eyeglasses prescription frequently, it could be a sign that cataracts are affecting your vision.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Lisa M McDevitt OD in Reading to have your eyes checked. We can help you determine if cataracts are the cause and discuss your treatment options. Call our team today at (610) 796-1300 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.
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