The typical age-related cataract undermines the transparency of the eye lens, causing it to become yellowish or greenish in color. As a result of this cloudiness of the eye lens, cataract sufferers typically experience difficulty with seeing at a distance. Driving at night may also be difficult because the headlights of oncoming vehicles may appear blurred. At home, the quality and brightness of light take on increasing importance as it becomes harder to read in dim light. This often sends cataract sufferers reaching for higher-wattage bulbs or reserving their reading time for daylight hours filled with bright sunlight. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you are overdue for a thorough examination of your vision. The lens of the eye is mostly made of water and protein. As we age, some of the protein may clump together and cloud an area of the lens. This is a cataract. The symptoms of early cataract (blurred vision, glare, faded colors, etc.) may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare lens coatings, or magnifying lenses.
Feb 03, 2012