Getting the Facts on Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the lens in the eye becomes clouded, affecting your ability to see. The lens, located behind the iris and the pupil, is the clear part of the eye that helps focus on light and images in the retina. Cataracts develop over time and can be caused by many different factors.

So, how do you know if you have cataracts? What are the symptoms for cataracts, and what are some ways to prevent them from happening to you? Illinois Eye Center has some quick tips to help you detect and slow the formation of cataracts:

Understanding the Symptoms:

There are different ways you can identify if cataracts are forming. These symptoms include:

  • images becoming blurry or cloudy
  • lens discoloration, like seeing a brownish tint in your vision, and trouble differentiating colors
  • a myopic shift in vision
    • For example, if you’ve always been farsighted and suddenly you notice your up-close vision has become better, but your far away vision has worsened
  • seeing glares and halos around light sources
  • when lights seem too bright
  • frequent prescription changes
  • worsening night vision

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for an evaluation.

What Causes Cataracts:

Cataracts are generally caused by aging and develop over time. Other causes include diabetes, past eye surgery, inherited genetic disorders and previous trauma to the eye. All of these factors can affect your eyes and eventually lead to the formation of cataracts.

Slow the Development of Cataracts:

There are several things you can do to help lessen your chances of developing cataracts:

  • limit your alcohol consumption
  • refrain from smoking
  • eat a well-balanced diet
  • shade your eyes from the sun
  • visit your eye doctor regularly

If you have any questions or concerns about your cataracts, Illinois Eye Center will help you determine next steps and find a treatment option to fit your lifestyle. Give us a call today at 309-243-2400 for more information.

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