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7 Signs You Should Consider Laser Cataract Surgery

Has reading, watching TV, or enjoying your favorite pastimes become increasingly difficult? If your eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be, it could be time for laser cataract surgery.

Cataracts typically worsen over time, impairing vision. Cataract surgery permanently removes cataracts, allowing you to see clearly once again.

Keep reading to learn about the 7 signs you should consider laser cataract surgery and change your life!

1.    Blurry Vision

A cataract prevents light entering your eye from passing through as it should. As a result, your vision becomes cloudy or blurred.

Early on, you may not notice any significant changes or impacts to your vision. However, this can worsen over time, making you feel like you’re always looking through a foggy window.

Blurry vision can affect your daily life, whether reading, cooking, watching TV, or driving. Even getting around your own home can prove challenging.

With blurry vision, you can easily slip, trip, or fall. If it’s become much more challenging to see clearly because of clouded or blurred vision, it could be time for laser cataract surgery.

2.    Frequent Prescription Changes

It’s normal for your prescription to change as you grow older. Some people’s prescriptions change each year.

For others, it may take two or three years to change. If your prescription fluctuates more often and doesn’t stop changing, you may have a cataract.

Stronger glasses or contact lenses can help you see clearly at first. Eventually, however, you may reach a point where visual aids can no longer correct your vision.

If new prescriptions are no longer effective, it’s time to consider cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery will eliminate cataracts, enabling you to see clearly.

3.    Color Changes

If the world around you seems less vibrant, it could be due to a cataract. The longer a cataract remains, the darker it becomes, discoloring your natural lens.

Initially, the lens may become tinged yellow and later brown, affecting how you perceive colors around you. The darkening of the lens can make it difficult to perceive fine details or even read.

As the cataract matures and the lens becomes cloudier, colors may start to look faded, and vision might become muddy and washed out. The color changes caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to distinguish certain hues and shades.

For instance, dark hues like blue, purple, and black usually look the same. You may also notice that your white T-shirts look pastel yellow or muddy brown instead.

If you constantly disagree with family and friends about the colors of clothes or objects, it can be a sign that you need cataract surgery. After laser cataract surgery, you’ll be surprised by how colorful, vibrant, and detailed everything appears again, from your outfits to your favorite TV shows.

4.    Light Sensitivity and Glare

Do you experience painful glare when you go outside or are around bright lights? Are your eyes more sensitive to bright lights, especially while driving at night?

Certain cataracts can cause light to scatter inside your eyes, causing glare and light sensitivity. Consequently, lights may appear too bright, making going outside quite uncomfortable.

Glare is more apparent at night and noticeable during the day. It can interfere with your activities and even temporarily blind you if it’s too intense.

Mild cases of light sensitivity can cause you to squint while outdoors in the sun or inside a brightly lit room. When it’s more severe, sensitivity to light can become painful.

If you’re experiencing increased light sensitivity and glare has become unbearable, laser cataract surgery could be the next step.

5.    Halos

Halos are luminous or colored rings around light sources like street lamps and headlights. They appear due to diffraction, an effect that happens when light bends while entering your eye.

Halos are most noticeable at night and can make driving challenging because they’re large and bright and get in the way. Cataract surgery is the most effective treatment for cataract symptoms, such as halos around light sources.

Laser cataract surgery can help you regain your ability to see clearly while ensuring visual aberrations like halos are no longer plaguing you.

6.    Double Vision

Cataracts can cause diplopia or double vision in one eye. With advanced cataracts, you may see two images of anything you focus on.

These images may be side by side or on top of each other. Double vision can be highly frustrating and disorienting.

It can be next to impossible to complete any activity if you see two of everything when texting on your phone, swimming, using your laptop, working out, running errands, and performing other tasks.

Consider laser cataract surgery if double vision keeps you from leading a fulfilling, comfortable life.

7.    Poor Night Vision

Cataracts cause blurred vision, halos, glare, and double vision. You may find that street lights and headlights from oncoming cars produce blinding glare.

Being momentarily blinded while driving can make you a liability on the road. Reading road signs with blurred or double vision may also become challenging.

Also, halos around light sources can be incredibly distracting when driving at night. Driving while experiencing these symptoms can harm you and other drivers and people on the road.

It’s important to stop driving immediately and see your ophthalmologist if you feel your vision could make driving unsafe. Because laser cataract surgery is highly precise and helps patients achieve the most optimal visual results, you’ll feel safer when you get behind the wheel after the procedure with crisp, clear vision.

Reclaim Your Vision

Laser cataract surgery at Desert Vision Center can restore any vision lost to cataracts and give you back your life. Depending on the intraocular lens you choose, you could have better vision than ever before, including before you had cataracts.

Are cataracts affecting your vision and quality of life? Schedule your appointment today at Desert Vision Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, and get on the path to regaining your sight and independence.

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