Cataract screening is important for people aged 40 and above. As such, it is good to have your eyes screened at least once a year.
Cataract is clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Therefore, it is the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. In short, the image below is a comparison between the normal eye and cataractous eye.
Signs & Symptoms
A cataract starts out small and at first has little effect on your vision. You may notice that your vision is blurred a little, like looking through a cloudy piece of glass or viewing an impressionist painting.
A cataract may make light from the sun or a lamp seem too bright or glaring. Or you may notice when you drive at night that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. Colors may not appear as bright as they once did.
Causes of Cataract
The main causes of cataract is due to the aging process, where the natural lenses hardens. In conjunction with old age, people with diabetes, hypertension and systemic drug users are more prone to get cataract. Also to note, over-exposure to UV light, smoking and alcohol are other cataract-inducing mediators.
Types of Cataract
There are 3 types of cataract, namely subcapsular, nuclear and cortical. First of all, nuclear cataract causes the most vision blurriness. This is followed by subcapsular that gives reflection at night and cortical that gives you tunnel vision. In conclusion, it is best to have your eyes screened to note which type of cataract that is affecting you.
We provide cataract screening and grading. The process will take less than 5 minutes where we will be using a magnifier with light to look into your eyes. It is painless and easy!
Visit Malaya Optical to have your cataract screened!