While cataracts may be one of the most common eye health issues in the world, sometimes the symptoms can be hard to identify. For the most part, cataract formation occurs over a longer period of time, so we tend to adjust to their progression. When common lifestyle factors and activities become increasingly more difficult to navigate, it may be time to be evaluated for cataracts. Here are some common signs that cataracts are affecting your lifestyle.
Activities such as crocheting, tennis, and golf require an attention to detail, and a decrease in vision may pose as an obstacle to enjoy these activities. Similarly, reading and watching television may be limited in that smaller print is more challenging to see. If you find your beloved interests are becoming increasingly difficult to navigate, it may be a sign that your cataracts have developed to the point of removal.
A cataract forms when protein deposits build up on the lens of the eye. When a cataract forms, the light is blocked from passing through the lens and causes images to appear cloudy and blurry. When it comes to simple household tasks like cleaning, cooking, and paying bills, cloudy and blurry vision will certainly interfere with completing normally easy tasks. Additional symptoms of cataracts such as dulled colors and blurred vision can render these obligations more time-consuming or confusing.
Difficulty driving tends to be one of the most common complaints of cataract patients pre-surgery. Traffic and street signs become increasingly more challenging to read, and lines on the road more difficult to distinguish. Furthermore, many patients decline driving at night all together, as cataracts can create glare and “halos” around headlights, streetlights, and the like.
When you find your normal tasks and favorite pastimes become more problematic, it may be time to consider cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures in the country and is generally quick, painless, and simple to undergo. St. Cloud Eye Clinic is one of the most experienced clinics in the country, having performed more than 50,000 surgical procedures in the last 25 years. We are also the only practice in the region to maintain our own surgical centers. St. Cloud Center for Ophthalmic Surgery provides you access to all your vision needs in one location, with the convenience of remaining local. Our leadership, experience, comprehensive care, and ongoing investment in the most advanced technology result in one thing: the best possible care for your vision. Learn more about our surgical center or schedule a cataract surgery consultation today!