As we age, the eye’s lens becomes thicker and discolored. Eventually, this clouding is classified as a cataract. Cataracts can affect the general clarity and crispness of vision. As a cataract develops, these symptoms become more pronounced. Often the cataract will cause glare and light scatter with bright light sources. Cataracts often contribute to difficulty with night driving as well as general clarity during the day.
Most cataracts develop slowly for many years. Often, your doctor will monitor your cataract growth to ensure that the cataract is not affecting you overall ocular health. Your doctor may update your glasses prescription annually, as it may slowly change as a result of the developing cataract.