What Will Happen if Cataracts are Left Untreated?
Cataracts cause more vision problems than any other eye
condition or disease. A cataract causes a part of the lens to become opaque or
cloudy. This cloudiness obstructs light from passing through easily, causing
vision to become blurry, like looking through a fogged-up window. The cloudier
the lens, the worse the vision will be. Cataracts usually develop slowly and
sufferers will experience blurred vision that gradually worsens over time.
The Dangers of Untreated Cataracts
Given that cataracts are fairly common, it is likely that
there are a significant number of individuals that have begun to develop
cataracts and are not yet aware of it. Early stages of cataract development may
lead some patients to believe that their worsening vision is simply the result
of aging and not realize the severity of their condition until cataracts begin
to have a detrimental effect on their vision.
If cataracts are left untreated, they will eventually cause
significant disruption in everyday life and interfere with normal activities
like driving a car or watching television. Ultimately, complete vision loss
Who is at Risk of Developing Cataracts?
The likelihood of developing cataracts increases as a person ages, with as many as 50% of individuals over the age of 65 developing cataracts that will impact their ability to lead a normal life. Symptoms to watch for include:
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Increased difficulty seeing at night
- Increased sensitivity to light
- The appearance of halos around lights
- Faded or diminished perception of color
- Double vision in one eye
Regular visits to the eye doctor will increase the chances that cataracts are discovered early. Fortunately, modern surgical procedures developed to treat this condition make it possible for ophthalmologists to address this issue using a procedure that is both quick and painless. At Correct Vision in Hollywood, Dr. Bosem uses a laser to painlessly remove cataracts and restore normal vision.
If you are experiencing vision problems, don’t leave your condition untreated. Contact us today at 954-442-1133 or correctvision.com to schedule an examination.