Cataracts are usually just a normal symptom of the ageing process. In most cases, they affect people who are aged 60 or over. A cataract is a clouding on the lens of the eye, causing blurred vision.
Cataracts tend to develop slowly and in the early stages there may be no symptoms. But as years pass, the cataract progresses and vision problems become more noticeable.
If left untreated, cataracts can cause progressive loss of vision and even blindness. Fortunately, for the clear majority of people it is a condition that is easily rectified. In fact, it’s one of the most common surgeries' performed in the world today.
Some of the first signs that indicate that a cataract has developed include:
- Blurred vision
- Poor night time vision
- Colours seem less sharp
- Seeing halos and star-bursts when looking at bright lights
Benefits of Cataract surgery:
- Greater independence
- Improved self-confidence
- Better mental health
- Safety/Reduction in trips or falls
- A greater enjoyment of social activities, passions and hobbies.