What Are the Symptoms of a Cataract?
• Answer: The most common symptoms of a cataract are: Cloudy or blurry vision Colors seem faded Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights. Poor night vision Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.) Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses These symptoms also can be a sign of other eye problems.
The main symptom of a cataract is a gradual loss of vision. Other symptoms are: • Colors may look dim or different than you remember • Cloudy, fuzzy, or foggy vision. • Poor night vision, headlights seem too bright • Problems with glare from lamps or the sun. • Frequent changes in your eyeglass prescription. • Double vision. These symptoms also can be signs of other eye problems, so be sure to see an ophthalmologist for an accurate diagnosis.
Because cataracts form in different ways, the symptoms of cataracts are variable. Of course, only your eye doctor can tell for sure if you have a cataract, but there are several symptoms that may indicate the presence of a cataract. Most people notice that their vision gradually deteriorates. Objects may begin to look yellow, hazy, blurred or distorted. Colors that were normally bright and vibrant may appear faded and washed out – especially greens and blues. Many people also find that they need more light to see clearly, or that they experience glare or haloes from strong sunlight during the day or lights at night. Other common problems include increasing nearsightedness, double vision, or the appearance of dark spots or shadows in the vision.