CATARACT SYMPTOM PROGRESSION

Age related cataract generally develop gradually, so you may not notice any changes in your sight at first.·         Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision.

·         More difficulty seeing at night or in low light

·         Sensitivity to light and glare

·       Seeing halos around lights

·       Faded or yellowed colors

·      The need for brighter light for reading and other activities

·        Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription

·       Double vision within one eye

To determine if cataracts are the problem, you must have a dilated eye exam (where your pupil is widened with eye drops.)   The test allows your ophthalmologist a clear look at your eye’s lens to detect early signs of cataract development.

It’s important to get a baseline exam at age 40 when early signs of disease and vision changes may develop.  Your ophthalmologist will let you know how often you should return for an exam.  At any point, if you have symptoms, see your Eye M.D.  Risk for cataract and other eye diseases increase with age.  Since early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight, you should see your ophthalmologist once a year beginning at age 65.