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    Prima Medical Center Saigon, Cataract

    Signs of Cataracts that Elderly People May Ignore

    17 September, 2023

    Prima Medical Center Saigon: Cataract is a common disease in people over the age of 50, causing visual impairment and causing many inconveniences for the elderly in life. If not treated promptly, it can cause blindness. However, many elderly people do not know the signs of cataracts, so they often consider it a disease of old age and accept to live with it.

    Cataracts can be treated quickly and easily with surgical methods. Therefore, recognizing the signs and risks of disease plays a vital role in seizing the “golden time” in treatment.

    Prima Saigon: Cataract is a common disease in people over the age of 50, causing visual impairment and causing many inconveniences for the elderly in life

    Prima Saigon: Cataract is a common disease in people over the age of 50, causing visual impairment and causing many inconveniences for the elderly in life

    Cataracts in elderly people

    Signs of cataracts

    Cataracts often progress silently over time. Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

    Blurred vision:

    This is a common sign in people with cataracts in the early stages. The patient will feel “as if” everything is a little blurry, like a thin film of mist in front of the eyes. However, this phenomenon will increase over time, and the patient will see things become noticeably blurry.

    Blurry Vision: This is a common sign in people with cataract in the early stages.

    Blurry Vision: This is a common sign in people with cataract in the early stages.

    Decreased night vision:

    As cataracts progress, the lens will become darker, affecting the patient’s eye in low light conditions, especially at night.

    Prima Saigon: Vision at night

    Prima Saigon: Vision at night

    The feeling of glare and pain:

    This is one of the common symptoms of people with cataracts. When looking at light sources, patients often feel glare and pain.

    Decreased color perception:

    The colors of objects perceived by the eye become darker and grayer than they are. The patient may not feel the change in color contrast because this symptom can occur over a long period.

    Prima Vision: Decreased color perception

    Prima Vision: Decreased color perception

    Halos appear everywhere:

    Cataracts can cause light diffraction, so when patients look at light bulbs, they often see halos around them. However, this phenomenon can also occur in several other eye diseases, such as corneal swelling, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, etc.

    Prima Saigon: Halo example

    Prima Saigon: Halo example

    Myopia progresses over the age of 40:

    Continuously changing glasses with increasing degrees can be one of the manifestations of cataracts. The patient’s vision often declines at this time, and changing the number of glasses no longer helps them improve their vision.

    Double or triple vision:

    Diffraction from cataracts can cause seeing one object as two or three things. This symptom may disappear as the cataract becomes more severe.

    Double or triple vision

    In the initial stage, only a tiny part of the lens is cloudy, not significantly affecting vision, and patients often cannot recognize abnormalities in the eye. As the disease progresses, the cloudy lens becomes more prominent, leading to distortion of light passing through the lens. At this point, the signs become more apparent, and the patient begins to pay attention and realize that they are infected.

    Prima Saigon: Double or Triple Vision

    Prima Saigon: Double or Triple Vision 

    If you realize that an elderly person in your family has one of the above signs, take them for a timely examination at Prima Saigon

    Cataract Treatment Methods

    Phaco cataract surgery

    Phaco (Phacoemulsification) is the procedure to fragmentize the cloudy lens, remove it, and replace it with a proper artificial lens to restore your vision.

    Dr An Trịnh @ Prima Saigon is consulting a cataract patient

    Dr An Trịnh @ Prima Saigon is consulting a cataract patient

    With outstanding advantages:

    • We have proven safety and effectiveness over many years around the world.
    • No pain.
    • No stitches are required.
    • No need to stay in the hospital.
    • Resume daily activities on the next few days.

    Our Ophthalmology  Team

    Prima Saigon is one of the prestigious eye hospitals in Vietnam, recognized by the US embassy in Vietnam.

    If you need an cataract screening or assessment, please have a visit to Prima Medical Center Saigon

    • Address: 27 Ky Dong St, District 3, HCMC
    • Websitehttps://primahealth.vn/en/
    • Business Hours: 07:30 – 17:00 from Monday – Saturday
    • HOTLINE: 0919-209-039 or 1900 – 9115

    Prima Saigon recommends that clients should reserve their intended consultation at least three days before their visit for convenience and less waiting time.