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Learn More about Common Cataract Symptoms

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Crisp, clear vision plays a vital role in our everyday lives. When eyesight becomes compromised, it can have a profound effect on your ability to perform even the simplest tasks, like reading or making a phone call. If your vision has become blurred, or if you notice that colors are not as vibrant as they used to be, you could be suffering from a cataract, a clouding that occurs in the the crystalline lens of the eye. The highly trained specialists at TLC Yonge Eglinton Laser Eye Centre excel in treating a range of eye problems, including cataracts. You can learn more about cataract symptoms during a consultation at our Toronto practice. Schedule an appointment with us today

How Cataracts Affect Your Vision

Each eye contains a clear lens that is positioned behind the cornea. The lens plays an important role in focusing light on the retina, which is the light-sensitive membrane that lines the back of the eye. Light passes unobstructed through a healthy lens, producing well-defined, clear images. As we age, the protein within our lenses becomes more susceptible to clumping, which can result in a cataract. A cataract scatters light as it passes through the lens, blurring and distorting vision. Cataracts may also turn yellow or brown as they become advanced, which can compromise your ability to perceive colors. Cataracts can develop independently, but typically affect both eyes. 

Indicators You Should Know

Many patients compare the effect of a cataract to a fogged-up window. At first, only a small portion of your field of vision may be affected. Cataracts develop progressively, and common symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to light and glares
  • Blurry or dim vision
  • Trouble seeing clearly at night
  • Observing "halos" around lights
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Fading or changes in color perception

Additionally, many cataract sufferers need frequent changes to their glasses or contact lens prescription. An experienced eye doctor can help determine whether changes to your prescription are indicative of a cataract. 

When Should I Seek Treatment?

As a cataract grows, it will begin to cloud a greater portion of your field of vision. If you have noticed any changes to your vision, it is important to schedule a comprehensive examination with an eye care professional. Our doctors perform thorough tests that can determine whether you have a cataract, or if a more serious condition is present.

If we are able to identify a cataract, we will closely monitor its development during regularly scheduled check-ups. Surgical removal of the affected lens is the only permanent solution available to treat cataracts. During the same operation, the lens will most likely be replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore your vision. Before resorting to surgery, other treatments, including special eye drops, can help you manage cataracts in their early stages.

Schedule a Consultation Today

The decision to undergo surgery is a highly personal one, and our team will provide you with all the information you need, including treatment cost and financing options, to help you make an informed choice. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about cataracts and your treatment options.