Fo­cus on the im­por­tant things in life.

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As we age, di­min­ish­ing vi­sion is one of the great­est threats to our qual­ity of life and it is im­por­tant to have the best guid­ance at hand to find the right so­lu­tion for you. A cataract clouds the lens in­side your eye, af­fect­ing your vi­sion in a va­ri­ety of ways. Many peo­ple over 60 years old will have at least some amount present.

Left to de­velop, cataracts will even­tu­ally leave you feel­ing like you're look­ing through a frosted win­dow. The prob­lem can be eas­ily fixed with surgery that re­moves the lens in­side your eye and re­places it with a syn­thetic one to suit your pur­pose. Here's four signs you might need cataract surgery:

Blurry sight

One of the most com­mon symp­toms of cataracts is blurry vi­sion. If you wear glasses, they may seem dirty. Don't ig­nore blurred or misty sight.

Daz­zled by light

If car head­lights and other bright light leave you daz­zled or un­able to see clearly for a few mo­ments, cataracts may be to blame.

Colour changes

Cataracts can af­fect the colour of the world around you, and make things ap­pear faded or washed out. Com­monly, ob­jects take on a yel­low hue. If you no­tice these symp­toms or are con­stantly dis­agree­ing with friends and fam­ily about the colour of ob­jects, speak to a spe­cial­ist.

Fre­quent change in spec­ta­cles

As your cataract be­gins to form, the lens in­side your eye in­creases in size, of­ten re­sult­ing in a need to change spec­ta­cle pre­scrip­tions. As this be­comes more fre­quent, it may be an early sign of de­vel­op­ing a cataract.

When should I act?

In the past, eye sur­geons of­ten waited for the cataract to be­come "ripe" be­fore re­mov­ing it. Nowa­days, with mod­ern surgery the op­er­a­tion is usu­ally done as soon as your eye­sight be­gins to in­ter­fere with your daily ac­tiv­i­ties. The op­er­a­tion only takes around 20 min­utes and you can get back do­ing the things you love within a few days.

At Nuffield Health Chich­ester Hos­pi­tal Cataract surgery is avail­able for £2,240 per eye. Call 01243 884594 for more in­for­ma­tion or to book a Con­sul­ta­tion.

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