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Cataracts are an eye disorder that typically occurs gradually with aging due to clouding of the lens inside the eye. When there is clouding, the image that is seen from the retina is not as clear which can result in mild, moderate or severe blurred vision.
When cataracts progress you can expect to notice the following symptoms:
Blurred vision which cannot be corrected with a change in prescription from your glasses.
Ghost images / double vision in one or both eyes.
Faded or less vibrant colors
Glare from sunlight, artificial light (for example night time driving and looking at oncoming headlights).
Even though cataracts typically become bothersome after the age of 55, some people can have congenital cataracts from birth or traumatic cataracts can form at any age with injury of the eye. Cataracts can also form from the long term use of medications including steroids, UV light exposure from sunlight, be age related, and from cigarette use.
When a cataract prevents you from being able to do your everyday activities or causes extremely blurry vision, cataract surgery is an option and is a simple out-patient procedure. Ask your optometrist about it today.