The professional opinion is that you should see your doctor at least once every two years, but many Americans barely make it to their doctors every five. In fact, there’s a distressing number of people who simply don’t pay their eye doctor a visit at all. As a result, they are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to benefiting from the preventative power of eye exams. Regularly seeing your doctor can help you catch age-related vision problems, such as cataracts, earlier.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, book an appointment for an eye exam at Katzen Eye Group. They may be a sign of cataracts.
Colors Do Not Look as Bright and Vivid As They Used To
If life is lived in technicolor, it’d be a real shame to miss out on it due to cataracts. One of the lesser known signs of cataracts is the sudden dimming of colors that were once bright. Have you noticed the sunset doesn’t look as vivid as it used to or your TV screen seems bizarrely blurry? If bright colors are started to look blurry or even a faded yellow, it may be that you have cataracts and need to see an eye care professional.
Seeing Halos Around Lights
There is nothing heavenly about seeing halos whenever you encounter light. Experiencing irritation when you look directly at sunlight is normal. Seeing spots and rings for simply switching on the lights or encountering headlights is not normal and may be a sign of a number of eye issues including glaucoma and cataracts. Hop on the phone to book an appointment and stay on top of your eye health.
Difficulty Seeing Clearly at Night
We get it. Who sees clearly at night? This is not about having night vision, but about difficulty adjusting to dimmer lighting conditions. Your eyes can adapt to reduced lighting conditions, and if you notice that your ability to see in darker conditions has diminished while driving or performing household tasks, you need to go in for a comprehensive eye exam.
Seeing Doubles Through One Eye
There are no added points for seeing two of everything. In fact, this is a sign that you may have cataracts. You won’t notice this regularly while using both eyes, but if you cover the unaffected eye you’ll notice the double duty vision. This could simply be due to a refractive error such as astigmatism, but it may also be due to developing cataracts.
Cataracts Can Be Easily Treated By An Ophthalmologist
The thing is, for all their symptoms, cataracts can be treated rather easily. It takes a simply outpatient surgery to have the affected lens successfully removed and an artificial lens implanted. Cataract surgery has come a long way to become the safe, sophisticated procedure it is today. Once upon a time, cataract surgery meant spending the rest of your life wearing thick lenses that unnaturally magnified your eyes. Today, cataract surgery is much less of a nuisance.
Don’t spend anymore time waiting. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, or have simply waited a little too long to get an eye exam, call Katzen Eye to book an appointment at our Baltimore, Lutherville, or Rosedale locations. We’ll have you in and out, without cataracts, in no time.