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Symptoms of Cataracts

By Francis D'Ambrosio, Jr., M.D.

About Cataract Symptoms
When we are younger, the crystalline lens is usually “crystal clear” and has excellent transparency and optical clarity. As we progress through our 50’s, 60’s, and into our senior years, the normally “crystal clear” lens may gradually become yellow and cloudy. When this occurs, you may initially experience a mild blurring of your vision and feel that you might need a change of eyeglasses. As the crystalline lens loses its transparency and its optical clarity, you may notice that it is not as easy to see well and comfortably in dim illumination, such as for night driving. You may notice that colors look faded. The cloudiness may also create glare, haloes, light sensitivity and a continuing decrease in your vision. If the crystalline lens becomes too cloudy it may cause a significant decrease in both your day and night vision. These are the visual symptoms that are common for those patients whose crystalline lens has clouded and formed a cataract.

Risk of Developing Cataracts
Cataracts can affect us even if we have had normal vision all of our lives. It is important to note that cataracts are even more common if we have had certain health problems, such as diabetes, or taken certain medications such as cortisone for asthma or other types of inflammatory conditions.
Further, you are more prone to developing cataracts if you are a smoker or if you have spent considerable time in direct sunlight without the help of UV protecting eyeglasses or sunglasses.

If you are experiencing vision changes like these, it is important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and cataract evaluation at D'Ambrosio Eye Care.

If you, a family member or friend, would like to learn more about cataracts or cataract symptoms, or to schedule a cataract eye exam, please call D'Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937.