By : Anica Oaks
Cataracts are traditionally thought of as a problem for the elderly, but they may actually begin to develop in people in their forties and fifties. Cataracts develop when excessive protein builds up on the lens. This protein accumulation leads to permanent changes in the lens.
Individuals with cataracts may experience blurry vision, excessive glare from lamps and headlights, trouble seeing at night, double vision, difficulty telling differences in some colors, such as blue and purple, and the need for frequent changes in prescription.
Cataracts develop and worsen over time. When the vision is initially affected, treatment doesn’t necessarily require surgery. A stronger prescription, working under better lighting, using a magnifying glass and wearing anti-glare sunglasses can all help to ease the symptoms of cataracts and put off surgery. Once the cataract reaches a certain stage, however, eyesight will be affected to the point that surgery is required if the individual hopes to continue participating in everyday activities.