Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye which is a normal part of the aging process. This leads to a significant reduction in your vision. Most people with cataracts are otherwise healthy and have no other eye problems. Detection of cataracts by the optometrist will allow referral to an ophthalmologist for surgical removal. Increased risk of cataracts will occur with prolonged exposure to sunlight. We recommend good quality sunglasses as an effective preventative measure. Other risk factors include; family history, smoking, alcohol use and diabetes.

Symptoms of cataracts

The following symptoms may occur as a cataract develops:

  • Your far or near vision may be affected adversely.
  • Hazy vision
  • Reduced vision at night
  • Increased sensitivity to light and glare 
  • Your glasses even with the correct script become less effective.

If you notice any of the above symptoms occurring contact us to have a full eye assessment.

Assessing cataracts

If after your comprehensive eye examination and our optometrist suspects that you have a cataract, you’ll be referred to a specialist ophthalmologist.