Cataracts are not just for the old 80 + in age, but in some cases younger people acquire this medical issue with regard to the type of lifestyle lived to the point you find out you have cataracts. Here is a list of symptoms from the National Eye Institute and what some suggestions may be to avoid this health issue as you age. Please visit this link for other links and information for your eye health, http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp
Cloudy or Blurry vision, faded color schemes, glare while driving or halos around street lights or household lights, poor night vision, eye glass prescriptions that need changed more often, other eye symptoms may be a more serious eye related problem and should be identified by a eye professional. There are specific test for cataracts, visual acuity test, dilated eye exam and a tonometry test are the main tests, if your eye care professional is not performing this tests then choose a different eye professional. See the article on acanthamoeba, and related contact lens infections that can lead to serious eye damage. http://pingroof.com/review/acanthamoeba-and-your-contact-lens.
There is a range of options that you can chose from and remain calm and discuss these options with your eye care professional which range from making adjustments in the lighting in your home, using a magnifying, glass wearing sun glasses while out in the sun, wearing a hat that shades the eyes, if none of these changes makes a difference then surgery may be the only solution. Some patients never need cataract surgery, others, that is the only solution. Be informed and don’t take the first suggestions, always ask around to friends and family that may have had this surgery.
Outlining causes are environmental; have you had jobs where you were in the sun for hours on end throughout the year? Do you have diabetes, or do you smoke? Protecting the eyes are the best medicine. Looking directly into the sun is not a good idea. Even on cloudy days wearing sun glasses is recommended for those with family history of cataracts.
Other sources of Information
The Mayo Clinic eye health information is up-to-date and comprehensive, there are links on this website that can help you make an informed decision about your eye health and some basic choices you must make if you already have cataracts. Please visit the Mayo Clinic’s website at this link, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cataracts/DS00050.
Keeping your eyes healthy is a daily process, if you wear glasses, keep them updated, if you have a job where the sun is an issue, get the best glare-free sunglasses you can afford. Making an informed decision is the best medicine for your eye health. You can put you and other drivers at risk, make sure you are being safe when driving, don’t take risks just to keep your independence.