Cataracts (easy read)
Easy read factsheet which will help you to understand what a cataract is and how it can affect your vision.
Our eyes need to be healthy for us to see well.
Inside your eye is a lens which helps you to see.
Having a cloudy lens is called a cataract.
You can have a cataract in one eye or both eyes.
You can get a cataract at any age.
People often get a cataract when they get older.
It is important to get help for your cataract.
Have a regular eye test. The person who does this is called an optician.
Tell someone if you are worried about your eyesight.
You can show this factsheet to your carers.
If you have problems with your eyesight, go to see your optician.
Your sight becomes blurred or unclear.
It can be hard and uncomfortable to see in bright light.
You might not be able to see colours very well.
You might not be able to see people very well.
You might bump into things or knock them over.
You might worry about tripping over or getting lost.
It might be harder to do the things you enjoy like watching TV and going out.
Cataracts do not get better on their own.
If you don’t do anything, your cataract might get worse.
There is no medicine that stops cataracts.
If your cataract is new, glasses or sunglasses may help you see better.
Your optician may arrange an appointment for you at the hospital.
At the hospital, they will do more checks about your eyes.
You may need an operation to take out the cataract.
This will help you to see more clearly.
If your eye doctor says you need an operation for cataracts, you can choose if you want this.