In the early stages of cataracts, the visual effects may be minimal. In fact, you may not even realize you have developed cataracts. However, as cataracts advance, the visual effects become more noticeable and eventually can be hard to ignore. Mature cataracts may distort your vision so significantly that it interferes with your ability to perform day-to-day activities or enjoy your favorite hobbies.
Take a moment to learn more about how cataracts can affect your vision.
Hazy, Blurry Vision
A healthy lens is clear, allowing light to pass through the eye and focus on the retina. Cataracts occur when the proteins that make up the lens start to clump together, creating cloudy areas. As the cloudy areas enlarge, it limits the amount of light that passes through the eye.
This makes images at all distances appear blurry, hazy or unfocused. Some people have described the visual effects of cataracts as looking through a hazy or dirt-streaked window.
If you have developed cataracts, you may find yourself needing an increased amount of light to see clearly enough to read, cook, drive or perform other daily tasks. In the early stages of cataracts, getting new glasses can help; however, as cataracts advance, glasses may no longer provide the clear vision you need.
Glare and Sensitivity to Light
Cataracts can cause sunlight or light from a lamp to appear very bright or glaring. At night, oncoming headlights or street lamps may appear to cause more glare than they used to. Also, your eyes might feel very sensitive to this light and glare.
Dull or Faded Colors
Another complication of cataracts is a change in the lens color. The normally clear lens becomes yellowish or brownish, making objects appear dull or less vibrantly colored than usual. It may become difficult to discern between colors like black, brown or navy blue.
Problems with Depth Perception
Another visual effect of cataracts is difficulty judging distances accurately. This may make it difficult to judge the height of a curb or the depth of a bathtub.
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If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned visual symptoms, or if you have already been diagnosed with cataracts, cataract surgery can help you regain clear vision. During the short procedure, your lens will be removed and replaced with an artificial lens.