Cataract Symptoms


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Nearly 30 million people in the United States have cataracts. For many, it’s a natural part of aging. For others, cataracts can be genetic or the result of trauma or environmental factors. No matter the cause, all cataracts eventually require surgery to correct.

The most common symptom of cataracts is cloudy or blurred vision. Other symptoms include difficulty seeing at night or in dim light, glare, sensitivity to light, seeing halos around lights, faded colors, and the need for more light when reading. You may also notice double vision in one eye, or “ghosting” around objects. Some people also experience frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions.

Cloudy or blurred vision: Likely impacts only a small area of vision at first. Vision may be blurry when looking one direction, but not another. Eventually, however, it will overtake your entire field of view.

Double vision: A dangerous early symptom for cataract patients. Double vision can produce balance issues that can result in falls or hazardous driving.

Lens discoloration: Lens discoloration makes colors dull, often as if distorted by a brown or yellow film. Purples and blues can be especially difficult to see.

Light sensitivity, glare and halos: Both natural and man-made lights can be far too bright for people with cataracts. They can also produce uncomfortable glare or disorienting halos.


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