When you look at your eyes, do you notice your lenses becoming milky or even yellow? Are you finding it hard to see clearly, even when you’re wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses? If you’ve said yes to either question, there is a chance you may be developing cataracts.
So, let’s break down cataracts. A cataract is a common eye condition that occurs when your clear crystalline lens becomes rigid and opaque, leading to a milky, hazy, or yellow-ish discoloration. As this develops, it can affect your vision quality and even cause blindness in severe cases.
Nuclear cataracts occur in the center of your clear crystalline lens. When they first develop, symptoms may only affect your visual quality, like causing nearsightedness or even a slight improvement in your overall vision. But over time, your lens may develop a yellow or brown color, leading to vision problems.
Cortical cataracts first develop as small wedge-shape streaks on the outside edges of your lens. As it develops, these wedges eventually grow to cover the entire lens, leading to poor vision quality.
Posterior cataracts are different in that they develop at the back of your lens, directly in the path of light entering your eyes. This form of cataracts, which could develop faster than other cataract types, can affect your near vision and even cause glare and halos from light sources.