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7 Common Symptoms of Cataracts

May 1, 2014

Do you find it increasingly difficult to drive at night? Do you see halos around lights? Has your prescription for corrective lenses changed?

These are just some of the most common symptoms of cataracts. Let’s explore seven cataract symptoms that may indicate you need cataract replacement surgery to restore your vision and improve your quality of life.

Symptom #1: Blurred vision

Blurry or cloudy vision is one of the first symptoms of cataracts as they begin to effect the lens of the eye, block light, and distort vision. This may happen suddenly or gradually. Some cataract sufferers don’t realize just how blurred their vision has become until cataract surgery restores their sight to 20/20.

Symptom #2: Difficulty seeing at night

The earliest symptom is often difficulty seeing or driving at night. Because cataracts block and scatter light, they tend to cause decreased vision first seen at night.

Symptom #3: Halos appearing around lights

Cataract patients often notice this symptom for the first time while driving at night. Vehicle headlights, street lamps, and lights on roadside signs or in passing store signs may have halos around them.

Halos may also be a sign of other serious eye diseases, so it’s important to see an eye doctor promptly for a diagnosis when you begin to see halos around lights.

Symptom #4: Glare

Similarly, bright lights and sunlight may cause glare as cataracts progress, particularly if the cataracts are located near the outer edge of the eye’s lens.

Symptom #5: Difficulty reading

As cataracts hinder a person’s ability to see contrast or different colors, reading may become more difficult.

On the other hand, as cataracts cause nearsightedness, the patient may actually notice that performing up-close tasks like reading are actually easier for a time. In older cataract patients this is called second sight, but this often disappears as the cataracts continue to progress.

Symptom #6: Difficulty perceiving different colors

As cataracts cloud a person’s vision, it can be difficult to distinguish colors. Bright colors may look washed out, and blacks, blues, and purples may all appear the same.

Symptom #7: Frequent prescription changes in corrective lenses

As cataracts bring on increased nearsightedness, eyeglass wearers may find their prescription changing more frequently than once a year.

If you’ve always worn glasses or contacts, cataract surgery may eliminate the need for corrective lenses for distance. If you suffer from astigmatism, toric replacement lenses, an upgrade from standard intraocular lenses (IOL) used in cataract replacement surgery, may be able to correct that as well.

Are you experiencing any of these seven symptoms of cataracts? Do you think you may benefit from cataract surgery? That’s a decision only you, your family, and your eye doctor can make together. Schedule a consultation today!

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