If you’ve started having trouble seeing at night or your vision is becoming more blurred as you age, you may be developing cataracts. While this is a normal part of getting older, it can also be scary as our sight is so important to many of our day-to-day activities. Read on to find out what cataracts are and how you can get your vision back to normal.
A cataract is when the lens of your eye becomes clouded. Cataracts make everything look foggy or cloudy, which can make daily tasks difficult. What actually happens is that the proteins and fibers in the lens of your eye begin to break down. This is a gradual process that typically takes years and it usually presents itself in older adults as a natural part of aging. However, it can also be caused by an injury to your eye, other eye conditions or surgeries, diabetes, or long-term use of steroid medications.
However, while glasses may help you to see better for a time, they do not directly treat the cataracts themselves. Glasses are used as a sort of band-aid solution to treat the symptoms but not the cause. This means that even if you change your prescription multiple times to keep up with your vision changes, your vision will continue to deteriorate over time until you have cataract surgery. However, cataracts typically progress slowly and occur in our later years, so many times prescription glasses remain effective enough for people to forgo the surgery for some time.