The deterioration or complete loss of existing eyesight can feel frightening and overwhelming, leaving you to wonder about your ability to maintain your independence, pay for needed medical care, retain employment, and provide for yourself and family. The health consequences associated with vision loss actually extend well beyond the eye.
Vision loss can devastatingly affect your physical and mental health. It can affect your ability to exercise, read and socialise, and your ability to work. It’s also linked to loneliness, social isolation, and the feelings of worry, anxiety and fear.
The fact is, approximately 80% of what we learn comes through our eyes (Optometrists.org). When we’re young, our lenses are like clear glass. When cataracts form, the proteins in the lens of your eye change shape and clump together. Consequently, the light doesn’t go straight through the lens, it bounces and scatters, which means your vision becomes like frosted bathroom glass; blurry, hazy and less colourful.
Cataracts develop when ageing or injury changes the tissue that makes up the eye’s lens. In the early stages, you may not notice any changes to the clarity of your vision. However, you could be more sensitive to glare around lights when driving at night or if the sun is low. You may begin to notice your vision becoming blurry when cataracts progress.