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Night Vision Problems: One Of The Symptoms Of Cataracts

by Stella Robinson

If you find it is getting increasingly difficult to see well at night, visit your eye doctor. Night vision problems are just one of the symptoms of cataracts. Early treatment helps prevent the problem from worsening over time.

Dangers of Night Vision Problems

Night blindness or difficulty seeing well at night may not seem to be that big of a deal at first, but it can lead to dangerous situations. You may find yourself having more difficulty adapting to changes in light, for instance, when you enter a dark theater or dimly lit room. This can cause you to trip or fall. Many people stop driving at night; simply because they cannot see well enough after dark to safely maneuver a vehicle.

Other Symptoms of Cataracts

Some symptoms of cataracts include double vision in one or both eyes, colors look faded or seem to have a yellowish tint. Cloudy vision and sensitivity to lights are other indicators of this problem. The individual may find that he or she needs their eyeglass prescription changed frequently or sees 'halos' around lights at times.

Cataract Surgery

Although no one wants to undergo surgery, the removal of cataracts is a relatively simple process. It is also one of the most common surgical procedures in America. During the procedure, the cloudy lens is removed or cleaned. If removal of the lens is necessary, an artificial intraocular lens is then inserted. Typically, the surgery only last about 15 minutes and after a couple of hours or less you are free to go home. Patients will need someone to drive them home. Typically, the patient returns for a checkup the next day to be cleared for driving.

Recovery after Cataract Removal

Blurry vision or red eyes are common after this type of surgery. These issues typically resolve themselves within three or four days, although it can take up to a week. Avoid lifting anything heavy or doing activities that may strain your eye. Refrain from activities that may result in getting dust or other debris in your eyes, such as dusting your furniture.

After cataract surgery, your night vision and other vision problems related to the cataracts are usually resolved. The need for prescription eyeglasses or contacts may also be reduced or eliminated. This depends on the severity of the cataracts and on the type of procedure that is performed. Since the symptoms of cataracts gradually worsen over time, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover that your vision is sharper than it has been in years.

For more information, check out companies such as The Eye Center