Over time, the lens in your eye grows and changes. It operates similar to the lens of a camera. It focuses light onto the retina for clear vision, and also adjusts the eye’s focus, allowing you to see clearly both up close and far away. Cataracts cloud the lens and prevents it from doing its job properly.
Cataracts become more common as you age and are the leading causes of vision loss for adults over the age of 40. Initially, most fail to notice the symptoms of cataracts which emerge gradually over time and glasses may be enough in the earliest stages. However, as cataracts continue to develop, the effect on your eyesight becomes more noticeable and then pronounced.
The most common symptom associated with cataracts is blurry or cloudy vision. Some describe living with cataracts as like having to look through a fogged window or frosted glass. Cataracts also lead to increased sensitivity to light, reduced vision at night, seeing faint halos around light sources, and the gradual fading of colours. Over time, these symptoms become worse as the cataracts grow, and in turn, dramatically reduce your ability to see clearly. Luckily, cataracts can be treated effectively and there are many options available.
At the Mitchell Eye Centre, our surgeons can quickly have you seeing clearly again and also reduce your dependence on glasses. Book an appointment with our eye doctors to treat your cataracts using the Catalys Precision Laser System and advanced technology lens implants.
To learn more about the three different types of cataracts most commonly diagnosed, read more about subcapsular cataracts, nuclear cataracts, and cortical cataracts below. If you think that you may be developing cataracts or if you are already considering treatment, book an appointment with us to immediately begin making your vision clear.