Cataract Signs and Symptoms

Serving Kingston, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and all of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA)

You rely on your eye’s lens to focus on the images you see. Unfortunately, the aging process often causes your eye’s lens to breakdown. This can lead to the development of cataracts, which cloud your eye’s lens and make it difficult to focus properly.

So how will you know if your age-related vision problems are caused by cataracts? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with one of our ophthalmologists. At Eye Care Specialists, we have more than 550 years of combined experience performing eye surgery, and we have developed a reputation for restoring excellent vision with cataract surgery.

Gradual Symptom Development

When cataracts first develop, they are extremely small. While they do block a small amount of light in these early stages, it is not enough to significantly impact your vision. As a result, you will most likely not notice any symptoms in the early stages of cataract development.

As cataracts become more advanced, the clouded area in your eye’s lens will grow, blocking out a larger percentage of light that enters your eye. This will cause you to notice a deterioration in your vision. Common cataract symptoms include:

  • Foggy or dim vision

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Glare and halos around light sources

  • Increased light sensitivity

  • Double vision

  • Fading or yellowing of colors

  • More frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription

These symptoms may cause you experience problems with routine daily activities. Driving at night might become difficult. You might also find that participating in athletic activities is more challenging, particularly when hand-eye coordination is required. Many patients also experience difficulty seeing up-close, making activities such as reading or sewing more challenging.

Treatment of Cataract Symptoms

In the early stages of cataract development, you can most likely correct cataract symptoms by updating your eyeglass prescription or by using a brighter light when engaging in activities that require clear up-close vision. However, as cataract symptoms increase in severity and your vision continues to deteriorate, you may require cataract surgery to correct the condition and restore clear vision.

Cataract surgery is a procedure that is performed to remove the cataracts from your eye and replace your eye’s clouded lens with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure is very safe and achieves excellent results.

At Eye Care Specialists, we offer a variety of premium IOLs which can provide you with the clearest possible vision following your surgery. Today’s most advanced IOLs can restore clear vision and eliminate your need for glasses or contacts after surgery.

Please contact Eye Care Specialists today to schedule your cataract surgery consultation. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Kingston, and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.