With age come many problems and the change in senses can be the scariest one. It has a huge impact on the comfort, safety and ability of an individual to understand their surroundings. Most prominently, after a particular age, your eyesight begins to weaken and numerous health problems can lead to eye related problems such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinal changes etc. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness among middle-aged and old age people around the world. If your parents are complaining of these eye symptoms, it could be Cataract .
Here are the 5 prominent symptoms of cataract –
Haziness in Vision
The increased number of scratches on the glasse of your Parent’s could be speaking stories of their struggle with existing spectacles. Which are no more offering them clear vision and Hence their complaints of Vision as if looking through a cloud.
Frequent Change in glass Number
Further weakening of vision or a frequent need for stronger glasses or contacts is one of the common eye complaints. However, the occurrence of frequent fluctuations in the prescription of eyeglasses and the need to buy a strong pair of reading glasses, every now and then indicates a greater eye problem.If you find them in need of routinely changing prescription glasses then they might have cataracts.
Therefore, under such circumstances, you must take them for a thorough eye checkup to ensure a timely diagnosis and treatment of the problem.
Difficulty in Distinguishing colors
An enhancing problem of cataract or gradual development of cataract causes the eye’s lens to grow duller & darkened and can cause a yellow or brown tint to develop in the lens. This darkening makes it difficult for people to perform daily courses of work such as to read or distinguish between various colors and thus decreased contrast especially with low light condition.
Increasing sensitivity to light
Light sensitivity is a common and mostly the first symptom of cataracts. If a person is suffering from the problem of cataract then the glare of bright lights can be incredibly painful and discomforting for him/her. Thus, whenever you see your parents struggling to bear the glare of the sun or the car headlights at night, immediately take them for a visit to an ophthalmologist.
Inability to see during night
As with the advancement of the cataract, the vision becomes unclear, the appearance of tint restraints the full capability of the vision, and the eyes became wary of direct lights and glares. Thus, for all these reasons it becomes difficult for your parents to perform basic nighttime activities such as driving at night.
Article: Five Problems Your Parents – About The Symptoms of Cataract
Author: Dr Charu | Feb 21 2018 | UPDATED 02:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.