A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which, over time, progresses to the stage where vision becomes blurred. Cataracts are not uncommon and most cataracts are related to aging. According to research by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, about 50 per cent of people between 55 and 64 years of age, and 85 per cent of people over 75 years of age will develop cataracts in the next 10 years of life.
Cataract surgery is generally recommended when a cataract reduces your vision to the point that you are no longer able to read or drive.
Other than cloudy or blurry vision, are there any other symptoms of cataracts?
Other common symptoms of a cataract are:
- Faded appearance of colours
- Glare in headlights, lamps or sunlight may appear too bright (a halo may appear around lights)
- Poor night vision
- Double vision or multiple images in one eye
- Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses
If you have any of these symptoms, please consult your ophthalmologist, optometrist or family physician.