The only way you truly know you need cataract eye surgery is after an appointment, or more than one, with an eye specialist or surgeon. However, that’s not to say you don’t already have an inkling that such a surgical procedure could be on the cards for you.
If you’re curious or concerned, some of these signs below could signal that it might be time to make an appointment with your eye doctor.
You Are in the High-Risk Group
While you may not show any other signs of needing to have cataract eye surgery, it can be worth knowing what puts you more at risk than others of eventually needing this surgery.
If you are a smoker, don’t wear sunglasses in the sun, use steroids, have been exposed to excessive radiation, or have diabetes, you may be considered high-risk.
Your Vision Goes Blurry
If you have noticed that your vision goes blurry on occasion for seemingly no reason at all, then you may need cataract surgery in the future. While temporarily blurriness can be caused by other things, it is one of the leading causes of cataracts.
How You See Colour Has Changed
By the time you reach adulthood, you’ll have a fair idea of how colours are supposed to look. You’ll know the green of the leaves on your trees, the colour of the paint on your home, and more.
Have you noticed any changes in how these colours have looked to you lately? If colours are not looking how they usually do, make an appointment with your eye specialist to discuss the issue further.
Some Things Have a Brown or Yellow-ish Tinge
Alongside a change in some colours, you may also notice that some things you look at appear to have a brown or yellow tinge to them. This can be an early indicator of a cataract, so visit your eye specialist without delay.
You Have Increased Light Sensitivity
If you can’t bear to look at bright lights, or you have a general light sensitivity, one of many possible causes is a cataract. Pay a visit to your doctor to rule anything else out, and to consider the prospect that surgery may be a possibility.
Double Vision in One Eye
Many people experience double vision in both of their eyes, which is a symptom of several conditions. Sometimes, though, it can look like binocular vision where two images are visible only when both of your eyes are open. If you have experienced this or something similar, consult your eye specialist for advice.
Halos Are Forming Around Lights While Night-Driving
Driving at night can be challenging at the best of times, but even more so if you may have a cataract. Sometimes, a potential cataract can present itself as halos forming around oncoming vehicle lights at night. This can make driving incredibly challenging – not to mention dangerous.
Your Prescription Has Changed Rapidly
It’s not uncommon to need stronger eyeglasses or contact lenses as you age. However, a dramatic change within a short period may be more of a concern. If you have noticed this, talk to your eye specialist about the possible causes.
Not all of these symptoms above mean that you have cataracts and require eye cataract surgery. However, they are undoubtedly symptoms of them all the same. If you are concerned, talk to an expert eye specialist to get to the bottom of the issues you have been experiencing.