The symptoms of cataracts come on slowly and are difficult to discern, unless you keep up to date with regular check ups from your ophthalmologist. Cataracts usually appear as you get older, but certain medical conditions can cause them at any age. These include:
- Cancer radiation
- Increased alcohol intake
- Excessive sun exposure
You’re also at an elevated risk if you have a history of cataracts in your family and are a smoker. Luckily, cataract surgery is effective and safe, especially when performed with the state-of-the-art laser technology used by Dr. Walton.
Cataracts can present in the center of your eye, the edge of your lens, or the back of your lens. Regardless of where they emerge, cataract symptoms are the same. These warning signs include:
- Colors fade, dim, or become a yellowish tint
- High sensitivity to light and glare
- Trouble driving at night, and halos around lights
- Double vision (this is usually worse in one eye)
- Numerous prescription changes for glasses and contacts
- Blurred vision
- Cloudy vision
- Sudden severe vision changes
Patients often describe cataracts as “foggy” or “cloudy,” and glasses can help ease the vision impairment at first. Over time, it will become harder to read, drive, and see faces clearly. Don’t wait for your vision to steadily get worse. Keep up with regular checkups at our Mobile ophthalmology office and pay close attention to your changing eyesight as you age.
Please contact Dr. Chris Walton using the form on this page or call 251-341-3385 today to schedule your cataract evaluation. Dr. Walton serves patients in Mobile, Alabama, Pensacola, Florida and throughout the entire Gulf Coast Region.