What are the First Signs of Cataracts?

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Cataracts can put a crimp in your plans to enjoy life. This age-related condition begins to gradually rob individuals of their vision and, if left untreated, could lead to significant loss of vision and blindness. Unfortunately, the inevitable nature and commonality of cataracts make them the world's leading cause of blindness.

Cataracts begin forming in one's 40s, though it may take years, or a decade or more, for them to become apparent. But when they do, they affect one's ability to work, be active, or enjoy leisure time with friends and loved ones. But you can achieve a better outcome by being vigilant about eye health and reaching out to us at Wickerpark Eye Center to schedule a consultation with board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Tepper Chicago, IL.

What are the first signs of cataracts?

Since cataracts create clouding on the eye's lens, many patients say that their vision becomes cloudier, as if trying to peer out through a fogged or dirty window. Those suffering from the first or early signs of cataracts may notice blurring or dimming of their vision, increased sensitivity to light, or the appearance of glare or halos around lights. Double vision can also manifest. Additionally, one may go through changes of prescriptions more often.

These visual disturbances can impact many aspects of daily living, making it challenging or even impossible to remain productive at work or elsewhere. Cataracts can also hinder one's efforts to read, drive, or engage in physical activities or hobbies.

Fortunately, we offer effective cataract surgery via an advanced, state-of-the-art femtosecond laser. The procedure is straightforward, and we make the utmost effort to help you achieve your optimal outcome.

What does cataract surgery entail?

We begin by applying numbing eye drops and administering an oral sedative to make your procedure as painless as possible and allow you to relax throughout. Not that it takes long – typically, many patients are done within 20 or 30 minutes. After getting you comfortable and numbing your eyes, Dr. Tepper uses a cutting-edge femtosecond laser to make a small incision on the cornea, the outer part of your eye. Next, we remove the lens of the eye, which is now permanently clouded by cataracts, before replacing it with a synthetic lens, an intraocular lens (IOL).

This modern method of cataract removal boasts a shorter recovery period, though you may experience blurring for multiple days afterward. However, you should notice improved eyesight right away in some respects: things may be clearer, or colors may "pop," appearing more vivid. Any lingering effects may subside within a week or so, though we'll be sure to provide you with an aftercare routine for your comfort and best results.

Protect your vision and ocular health with an eye exam

Many millions are affected by cataracts, which become more prevalent with age. The clouding of the lens may be an inevitable effect of the aging process, but settling for vision loss does not have to be inevitable. So, if you're noticing blurriness, trouble focusing on objects, or any other visual disturbances, don't hesitate to call us or send us a message at Wickerpark Eye Center.

Early detection can help you enjoy a better, timelier result. And we'd love to assist you by helping to provide crisp vision and top-notch ocular health. So, contact us to learn more about cataracts and potential treatments, like femtosecond cataract surgery.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.