Cataracts occur when the eye changes from clear to a cloudy color. Many people experience this vision problem, especially as they get older. Having cataracts can cause a variety of problems and rob people of their independence, so it is important to get them taken care of when it is time. If you live in or around Chico, CA, and it has been a while since your last eye exam, contact Dr. Lim and Dr. Pennington at Chico Vision Care Optometry. Let’s look at some of the questions that we run into regarding cataracts.
What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?
There are several cataract symptoms to watch out for. Among the most important of these symptoms is seeing things dimly or having your vision appear blurred or clouded. Cataracts can also cause your night vision to become worse over time. Other symptoms include being more sensitive to glare and lights, needing more light to perform activities such as reading, seeing colors fade, or become yellowed. Double vision in just one eye is also a common symptom. When someone has a cataract, they often see the world as if it was behind a foggy window.
What Are the Causes of Cataracts?
Cataracts can be caused by an injury to the eye that affects the lens. However, more often it is simply the eyes getting older. This problem is more common in the elderly. It can also be caused by disorders that are inherited if your family has a history of cataracts. If the patient has been using a steroid medication for a long time it may also lead to cataracts.
What Are the Risk Factors for Cataracts?
In addition to old age and a family history of cataracts, there are several other risk factors. People who are excessively exposed to the sun are more at risk, as are people with diabetes. If you have high blood pressure, smoke, or are obese, these conditions also put you at higher risk. If you have had eye surgery or an injury to the eye, your risk is higher. Drinking excess alcohol is another contributing risk factor.
Contact Our Optometrists in Chico, CA
When it is time for your annual eye exam, your eyes will be checked for cataracts as well as other eye health problems. If you live in or around Chico and would like to schedule an eye exam with Dr. Lim or Dr. Pennington, contact Chico Vision Care Optometry. Call our team today at (530) 342-9644 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.