I found out that there are more than one type of cataracts ( something else I was unfamiliar with!). These include:
- Asubcapsular cataract occurs at the back of the lens. People with diabetes or those taking high doses of steroid medications have a greater risk of developing a subcapsular cataract.
- Anuclear cataract forms deep in the central zone (nucleus) of the lens. Nuclear cataracts usually are associated with aging.
- Acortical cataract is characterized by white, wedge-like opacities that start in the periphery of the lens and work their way to the center in a spoke-like fashion. This type of cataract occurs in the lens cortex, which is the part of the lens that surrounds the central nucleus.
I now realize that a cataract ordinarily starts out small. When initially discovered, a cataract has very little effect on the vision, although vision could become hazy and blurred a little bit. The blurring is compared to a cloudy piece of glass or that of viewing an impressionist painting.
Cataracts can make any form of light to bright or cause a glare. Even headlights from a car can be disconcerting.
Depending on which cataract you are diagnosed with will affect the symptoms an individual experiences and how soon those symptoms could occur once the diagnosis is received. A nuclear cataract can slightly improves sight for awhile, but that reaction is typically short-lived and disappear as the cataract gets worse. On the flipside, a subcapsular cataract will not have any symptoms associated with it until the cataract is well-developed.
The best suggestion for your client, if you or they think that they have a cataract, is for them to see an eye doctor that can confirm or deny the diagnosis. This way you are once again showing your clients you believe that With Age Comes Respect.