What Age Should I Worry About Cataracts?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 12:26 pm

Patients with Keratoconus have had a lot vision worries over the years. Sometimes these patients begin to worry about additional vision problems, such as Cataracts when we get older.

Cataracts is a slow clouding of the lens of the eye. The rate of progression can be affected by different things including uncontrolled blood glucose levels. For those of you with type 1 & 2 Diabetes it is wise to get an annual eye exam for early detection of Cataracts, because it can progress quickly when blood sugars are not under tight control. But at what age should you worry about Cataracts?

Generally Cataract develops in your 70’s to 80’s. However if you have a family history of early onset Cataracts, that is something you should share with your eye care professionals. Quite often there are no symptoms in the early stages. Often people don’t find it until it has disrupted their daily vision. Below are a few signs of Cataracts you should let your eye care professionals know if you have any symptoms.

  • Colors are fading or yellowing
  • Inability to read without bright light
  • Worsening vision at night
  • Increased halos around lights, lamp and bright sunlight
  • Headlights seem to be too bright at night
  • Cloudy vision

Vision Tests to Detect Cataracts:

If your eye care professionals suspect you may have Cataracts there are several tests that can be done to give an accurate diagnosis. Cataracts can be diagnosed though a routine exam. However the staging and severity of the disease varies between people.


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