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7 Silent Signs You Might Have Eye Cataracts

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Hana Hong of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 8: Eye cataracts, an eye condition that affects about one in six Americans past the age of 40, is one of the most common eye disorders in the world. Cataracts are a cloudy or opaque area on the crystalline lens of the eye that develops over time. Despite being so common, most cataract cases aren't caught until they've progressed because they're painless and the loss of sight is subtle. (Check out the 13 secrets your eye doctor wants you to know.) Either both or one eyes can suffer: To diagnose the condition, optometrists look for a yellowing in the lens of the eye and an opacity in the back capsule.

What are eye cataracts?

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in those over the age of 40, but the symptoms can be difficult to pick up. Here's are the warning signs to watch for, say eye specialists.

Eye cataracts, an eye condition that affects about one in six Americans past the age of 40, is one of the most common eye disorders in the world. Cataracts are a cloudy or opaque area on the crystalline lens of the eye that develops over time. Despite being so common, most cataract cases aren't caught until they've progressed because they're painless and the loss of sight is subtle. Either both or one eyes can suffer: To diagnose the condition, optometrists look for a yellowing in the lens of the eye and an opacity in the back capsule.

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