Fact Sheets ยป Cataract

Did you know that an estimated 2.5 million people over the age of 65 suffer from cataracts?

Have you been suffering from blurred or cloudy vision? Or maybe you have noticed your current glasses becoming less effective?

If you are aged over 60 you are more prone to suffering from cataracts. For that reason, it's important for you to regularly visit our optometrists for a comprehensive eye test as we will be able to screen your eyes for symptoms associated with this age-related condition.

Cataracts currently affect around 2.5 million people over the age of 65 in England and Wales. If left untreated, this serious condition can cause severe visual impairment, as well as permanent blindness.

A cataract causes a cloudy film to cover your eye lens, which essentially restricts the amount of light that can enter the eye. People who suffer from cataracts can experience incredibly poor vision and even complete blindness if the condition is allowed to develop without treatment.

If you're suffering from mild cataracts, you may not notice any symptoms to begin with. However, as the condition develops you may start to experience:

  • Blurred and cloudy vision
  • A yellowish tinge to your vision
  • Halos (rings) in your vision
  • Difficulty seeing in dim or very bright light.
  • Your glasses becoming less effective.

If you're diagnosed with cataracts, then please do not worry. Many people live comfortably with mild cataracts by increasing the strength of their spectacles and using reading lights.

However, depending on the severity of your cataracts, you may need an operation to correct your vision. This relatively straightforward procedure is normally performed under local anaesthetic. The surgeon will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear plastic one.

If you have been suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should always seek the advice of a professional. For more information or to book an appointment then please call our friendly team today on 020 8755 7900. Alternatively you can send us an email to opticians@eyesmile.com.