Cataracts are a very common condition of the eye. If you are over 60 and your vision is cloudy, there is a chance that you have cataracts. The most common cause of this condition is age. However, there are some cases where children are born with congenital cataracts because of an infection or poor prenatal development. This type of cataract is rare. It is also possible to develop cataracts as a result of medical conditions like diabetes, radiation exposure, UV light, and certain medications.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are an eye condition that develops when protein builds up on the lens of your eye. When this happens, it will prevent light from passing through your eye clearly.
What Are the Symptoms Of Cataracts?
The symptoms of cataracts often come on gradually. The most common symptom is cloudy vision. Many people who have cataracts compare it to looking out of a dirty window. Other symptoms include:
- Nearsightedness in older people
- Changes in your color vision
- Difficulty driving at night
- Issues with glare
- Double vision in the affected eye
- Noticing that your glasses or contacts are no longer working properly
How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?
Your optometrist can diagnose cataracts during your annual eye exam. If your vision is tested and it has become much worse, your optometrist might suspect cataracts. They will also dilate your pupil to check the condition of the lens. Request an appointment online or call our team at Montana Eyecare, (406) 443-2121, to schedule your next eye appointment or to learn more about how our optometrists help patients in Helena and surrounding areas.