Cataracts: Signs and Strategies

Catafacts Signs Strategies Twin Cities MNBy Chris and Laurie Kemp, CSAs

August is Cataract Awareness Month. Researchers have not found a way to prevent cataracts, but doctors do offer some strategies for dealing with them. The Mayo Clinic website offers a wealth of information. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/home/ovc-20215123

Some of the most common signs of cataracts include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Being extra sensitive to light and glare
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Seeing double

If you have some of these symptoms or a sudden change in your vision, you should schedule an eye exam. Even if you have not had these symptoms you can employ these strategies:

  • Keep your eye prescriptions up to date
  • Use brighter lighting in your home
  • Wear sunglasses when you go out in the day to reduce glare
  • Don’t hesitate to use a magnifying glass to read if you need to
  • Limit night driving

Even if there is currently no prevention for cataracts, you can make things easier for yourself or a loved one. Your eye doctor will let you know if it is time to consider cataract surgery.

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