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With cataracts, the clear lens inside your eye gradually becomes cloudy or misty, usually with age although there are other lifestyle related causes. It does not hurt and in the early stages does not necessarily affect your sight.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, make an appointment to see your optometrist.

  • Many people with a cataract notice that their vision is less clear and they need the prescription for their glasses changing.  If you are long-sighted, you may even notice that you need your glasses less than you did before you had the cataract!
  • Car headlights and streetlights can become dazzling.
  • You may experience difficulties changing from shade to sunlit areas.
  • Colours may look different and become faded or yellowed.

If your cataract is affecting your day-to-day life (for example, driving, reading or cooking), and your optometrist cannot improve this enough by changing your glasses, you can ask them to refer you to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) for cataract surgery.  This involves removing the cloudy lens (the cataract) and replacing it with a clear plastic one.

Read more about Cataracts, here

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