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Getting old? Watch your sight- Cataracts Symptoms Checker

I've managed to get to a reasonable age without the need for reading glasses but that situation seems to have changed very rapidly.(By the way, I know this is an eye chart for distance acuity and not for reading acuity, but I thought it made the point more clearly. Ironically).

 

Cataracts is the name the medical community use for impairment in the naturally clear lens within one or both eyes.

The lens’s location within the eye plays an essential role in human vision. Notably, the lens has to let pass the light coming from the environment thanks to its clear structure. It focuses the light within the retina by changing its shape and adapting depending on what the eye wants to see. Therefore, the lens allows humans’ eyes to see clearly objects at different distances.

In cataracts, there is a cloudiness of the formerly clear lens within one or both eyes. As you recently saw, this situation will interfere with the regular light transit from the environment to the retina. So, there will be a decrease in normal visual function or a cloudy vision.

The degree of vision loss will depend on several factors. These factors include major determinants as the specific location and degree of cloudiness. For example, if the cloudiness appears within the center of the lens. Then, the loss of vision will be more significant than if it is within the extreme margins.

This condition is pretty common. The estimation is that in the United States solely, half of the people that reach eighty years will have either a cataract in one or both eyes or surgery because of it. Also, The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that about seven of every ten people reaching the seventy-five years old will develop some degree of cataract.

Although children rarely develop this condition, it is not impossible. There are different causes prompting cataracts, and one of them is genetics. People are usually born with them, and the doctors diagnosis it at birth. Besides, cataracts could also exist because of traumatic events. This latter situation accounts for significant disability among people in the United States aging less than forty-five.

This Cataract Symptoms Checker gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this condition.

The most common type of this condition is the Senile Cataract or aging cataract. This type is the one that appears as we grow older. The purpose of this tool is to correctly identify the symptoms of this condition alongside the risk factors for developing it.

Moreover, there will be sections for congenital and traumatic cataracts too. Therefore, this tool would help anyone who uses it to determine the likelihood of their symptoms because of cataracts and not other conditions.

Please, remember that for finally diagnosing a cataract, a doctor must run several tests. So, this result is only an approximation because a proper assessment must take place by an accredited ophthalmologist. However, the best feature of this tool is that it is free and would only take a few minutes to complete.

  • Question of

    Do you have more than forty years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have between forty and seventy-four years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than seventy-five years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have obesity? (please search in google the “BMI formula,” and with your weight and height it will calculate you that diagnosis)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with diabetes? (high blood sugar)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with hypertension? (high blood pressure)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you currently smoke cigarettes or smoked in the past for more than ten years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you work in an environment where your eyes are directly exposed to sunlight most of the time?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with myopia or astigmatism?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you go very often to do outdoor sports or to the beach without eye protection (sunglasses) at least four times a month?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a decrease in your vision capabilities?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    This decrease in your vision; it happened out of a sudden?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    This decrease in your vision; it happened progressively and slowly through weeks and months or even years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you also have problems with your vision at night? (for example, you find it difficult to see things that you used to see, or you are hitting with movables all around the house)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you find it difficult to cope with your eyes the bright environments in the morning?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do the bright lights in the night, like the flashlights of cars in front of you when you drive, cause you a glare that forbids you from seeing? (this can apply to any other similar situation; if it can relate, click yes)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have blurry vision when looking at distant objects? (any item starting from more than four meters away from you)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you find it difficult to see when driving during the night?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have blurry vision when trying to read books, newspapers, tablets, or phones? (Anything within thirty centimeters)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a white spot within the center and black portion of the eye as the image below? (You can see it better if you illuminate your eye with a flashlight)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you have a trauma in one or both of your eyes in the past months or years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with glaucoma?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have used steroid medication for more than one year, or are you currently doing it?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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