CataractsEverything you need to know about cataracts
What are cataracts?
A cataract is when the natural lens of the eye becomes less transparent, which results in cloudy or misty vision.
How does it effect vision?
Inside our eye behind the pupil (black circle), sits a lens which bends (refracts) light that comes into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear but over time, it can become cloudy and patients can experience vision that is like looking through a dirty window, this can make objects appear blurry, hazy or less colourful.
Symptoms of Cataracts
The most common symptoms of cataracts are;
- Having blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light, especially bright light
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Colours appearing faded or yellow
- Seeing double
Who is at risk?
The simple answer is everyone. Ageing is the most common cause. As with every other part of the body, our eyes change as we age, one of these changes is the breakdown of the proteins in the. The breakdown of these proteins is what causes the lens to become cloudy.
Can I protect my eyes against Cataracts?
The best protection for your eyes is by wearing UV protected lenses, we offer both clear and tinted lenses that offer this protection. We are all aware of the need to protect our skin from the sun, so why not do the same for our eyes?
You can find more information about UV protected Lenses below.
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UV Protected Glasses
All our eye tests will be able to diagnose cataracts and the progression of this condition. Our qualified staff will discuss the extent of the condition and the options available. In many cases, this results in a monitoring of the condition along with recommendations to protect your eyes, however in more advanced cases we will discuss the possibility of cataract surgery.
What to do next?
As with any other condition, regular eye tests are vital to help maintain the health of your eyes and vision. This is because our tests can often detect the signs of conditions before the symptoms occur.
If you have any concerns or questions, get in touch, we’re here to help.