... ... Cataracts

Cataracts

This is a common condition where vision becomes cloudy or blurred due to clouding on the eye’s lens. Cataracts are associated with the ageing process; however you can take precautions by not smoking and limiting exposure to the sun – always wear uv protective sunglasses — and eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidant vitamins.

Cataracts develop over a number of years and problems may at first be unnoticeable. They often occur in both eyes, although each eye may be affected differently. Wearing the correct eyewear such as specialist varifocals or reading glasses can help, but utimately cataracts are often removed by surgery and replaced with a new artificial lens.
Diagram explaining cataracts

Symptoms


• blurred or misty vision (even while wearing spectacles)
• colours might seem faded
• sensitivity to light/difficulty driving at night due to glare from bright lights
• cataracts are not painful and not result in red or irritated eyes