Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss, especially for seniors. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25 million Americans aged 40 and up develop cataracts. By age 75, almost half of all Americans have cataracts. You can develop a cataract in either one or both eyes. As we age, the natural lenses of the eye begin to harden and deteriorate, appearing cloudy.
Symptoms of Cataracts
- Cloudy vision – One of the most obvious signs of cataracts, you’ll notice blurred spots in your field of vision that gradually worsen over time. It’s similar to looking through a foggy or dusty window.
- Poor nighttime vision – You may notice that your vision in the dark worsens gradually. Occasionally, you’ll notice slight twinges of yellow or brown streaks in your vision.
- Around lights – If you start seeing halos around your field of vision, you may need to visit your eye doctor. The halos are caused by light diffraction when passing through cataracts. This could be dangerous, especially when driving, as it can cause migraines and blurry vision.
- Increased light sensitivity – People with emerging cataracts tend to squint when they see bright lights or glares. This problem gradually worsens as cataracts progress.
How to Slow Down Cataract Progression
Small cataracts do not develop quickly if they are managed properly. Here are a few tips to help you slow down cataract progression:
- Eat foods heavy in Vitamin A – These foods include leafy greens, nuts, whole grains, carrots and fish rich in omega-3 fats.
- Verify prescription side effects – Check if your medicine has side effects that hasten the cataract growth.
- Wear sunglasses or caps – Wear these to protect your eyes from sun exposure, which can speed up cataract progression.
- Conduct regular eye exams – This helps track the progression of your cataract and gives leeway to adjust your treatment accordingly before it worsens.
Prevent the spread of your cataracts by consulting a trusted optometrist! At Advanced Eyecare Consultants, we are here to take care of all your vision needs. Call us at our Lake Zurich office at (847) 438-7700 or our Libertyville office at (847) 680-8484. You can opt to fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve customers in Gurnee, Vernon Hills, IL, and surrounding areas.