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Are Colors Fading In Your Vision? You May Have Cataracts

by Carla Hudson

As we age, our vision will worsen. One problem that many people experience is a loss of potency in colors. This fading can be caused by many different vision problems, but is usually a symptom of cataracts. Here is how you can tell the difference between cataracts and other problems and how this problem is treated.

Understand That It Is A Symptom Of Many Diseases

While fading colors are definitely a sign of cataracts, there are several other diseases that it could indicate. You should know how to spot these diseases in order to prevent more serious diseases from impacting your vision:

  • Macular degeneration – a diseases that decreases your central vision
  • Optic neuritis – inflamed optic nerve that will also cause severe pain in your eye
  • Stroke – caused by blockage in blood vessels in your brain that will also cause more serious problems, like confusion and brain damage
  • Hyperthyroidism – caused by a hyperactive thyroid gland, which will cause serious fatigue, weakness, difficulty thinking, intense hunger, and other problems

Obviously, many of these diseases have symptoms that are quite different from cataracts. For example, having a stroke is a dramatic experience which you won't confuse with cataracts. And cataracts aren't painful, so if you experience pain along with fading colors, you likely have optic neuritis.

Check For Cataracts

If you believe that colors are fading in your vision, check yourself for these cataract symptoms:

  • Blurry or clouded vision
  • Difficulty dealing with bright lights
  • Problems with glares
  • "Halos" around lights
  • Double-vision in at least one eye
  • Problems with night vision

These problems will typically begin small and grow in severity as the cataract grows across your eye. This means that colors should continue to fade as well. If you believe you have a cataract, you need to get it treated as soon as possible.

Treat Your Cataracts

The only way to treat cataracts is to surgically remove them from your eyes. This requires pre-surgery procedures, such as using eye drops to prevent infection and swelling after surgery. You also need to fast for at least six hours before your surgery. On the day of your surgery, the surgeon will numb your eyes and inspect the cataract carefully.

Then the doctor will make small incision on your eye to reach the lens and break up the lens in your eye. This will remove the cataract and restore your vision. Then they will replace your lens with a new one. You will need to wear an eye shield for a few weeks while your eye heals.

This simple treatment is performed on millions of Americans every year and is an outpatient procedure that will take no more than an hour or two. After your eye has healed, colors will be back to normal. For more information, contact local professionals like Leader Heights Eye Center.