How to Know If You Have a Cataract

If you suspect you have a cataract, you need to know the symptoms and treatment of the cataract. A cataract can be dangerous for your health, and you need to have it treated right away. However, these surgeries are done frequently, and you do not stand to lose your vision if you catch the cataract in time. According to, "Over twenty million Americans over the age of forty have cataracts in one or both eyes, and six million have had corrective surgery." How do you know if you have a cataract?


You may barely notice a cataract at first. However, you will have days that seem hazy or cloudy. You can still see, but the picture is a bit blurred. As time passes, the cloudiness will become more intense.

Colors may seem brighter than before. The sun may seem too bright or the onrushing headlights of a car may distract you while driving at night. You may also see halos around the source of light. Additionally, if you find yourself constantly needing new glasses, this may indicate a cataract constantly clouding your vision. Last of all, you may see the cornea of your eye turning yellow or brownish.


While in the early stages, a cataract may not bother you too badly; however, later on, it may inhibit you from carrying through with your normal activities. Cataract surgeries are performed frequently and are done to remove the cataract from your eye all together. Waiting to have the surgery will not necessarily lead to further harm; however, it can continue to bother your vision on a daily basis.

The surgery is relatively risk-free unless you have another eye condition as well. If this is the case, you be recommended to visit one of the cataracts specialists around the country to have someone who specializes in the surgery. Doing so will lessen your chance of problems afterward. If the cataract surgery does not help, your symptoms may be a result of another, underlying problem.

Before you decide to have a surgery done, have your eye thoroughly checked. This evaluation will help the doctor know if you have another eye problem, and if so, how that may affect the success of a possible eye surgery.

Before you enter surgery, you will be prescribed antibacterial drops to be put in your eye to reduce the risk of infection. You may also need to fast before the surgery from food and drink, so your body will be best prepared to undergo the operation.

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When I started wearing glasses, soft contact lenses were barely on the horizon, and I had never even heard of laser surgery. Now, there are a range of amazing possibilities available in the world of optometry, and I am so interested in seeing what the future holds. If you want to explore optometry, I invite you to join me as I create this blog. I am going to broach a range of subjects. When I'm not blogging or doing reading or researching for my blog, I love to ride horses, go hiking, camp with my family and shop for new outdoor gear.