While vision issues are always a concern for seniors, night time driving or fear of falling are two concerns that many independent seniors face. If your senior expresses concerns about their level of independence being limited by vision issues, your loved one should have the facts about the possibility of cataracts.
A cataract is described as a clouding of the eye’s lens. If the lens is cloudy, light cannot penetrate properly onto the retina. If vision becomes blurry, cloudy, or dim, or objects are not as bright and as colorful as before, a cataract may have developed in one or both of the eyes. Sometimes, cataract sufferers describe their vision as something similar to peering through a dirty car windshield.
Usually, cataracts begin mildly and don’t have much effect on vision at first. However, once cataracts become denser, they impact vision. Some symptoms to be aware of may include:
- Painless blurring of vision
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Double vision in one eye
- Poor night vision
- Fading or yellowing of colors
- Frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions
Although cataracts usually develop as part of the aging process, they can also result from:
- Eye injuries
- Certain diseases such as diabetes
- Genetic inheritance
- Certain medications
- Frequent, unprotected exposure to UV-A and UV-B rays
For more information about cataracts and other topics related to senior vision, you can learn by visiting website for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And, of course, scheduling regular eye exams and medical appointments.
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