Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. Around 70 percent of people develop cataracts by the age of 75. Most cataracts are related to aging. In fact, it is estimated that by 2020 more than 30 million Americans will have cataracts. If left untreated, cataracts will cause vision to deteriorate over time.
Unlike other organs of the body, such as skin, the lens of the eye cannot shed old cells. Over time, cells build up and distort light as it passes through the lens, causing symptoms like blurry, dim, and dull vision.
Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:
- Clouded, blurred, or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty with vision at night
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing “halos” around lights
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Double vision in a single eye
- The sense of a film over the eye
- A milky or yellowish spot in the pupil
Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms of cataracts should consult an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Continued monitoring and assessment of cataracts is important. Visit the Elmquist Eye Group office at Medical Center in The Arbor Assisted Living at Shell Point Retirement Community. To make an appointment, call (239) 936-2020.