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Cataract Symptoms: How Can You Know?

Having cataracts can cause blurry vision, which could make everyday activities like driving and reading challenging. Do you find yourself squinting through cloudy vision or rubbing your eyes because colors seem dim? While cataracts can affect any age, they typically are experienced by people in their 50s or 60s. Cataracts can develop slowly over periods of time – most people don’t know that they have them until their vision has already declined.

A Complete List of Symptoms That May Indicate Cataracts

  • Colors seem tinted yellow or faded
  • Cloudy or blurry vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Reading becomes more challenging
  • Glares or halos appear around headlights, lamps, or in bright sunlight
  • Prescription changes frequently
  • Temporarily improved distance vision for those who are farsighted
  • Worsened distance vision if nearsighted

A common misconception is that cataracts are accompanied by discomfort or redness. This is not the case. Cataracts do not change the eye’s appearance or cause irritation or itching. If you are experiencing these symptoms, this could be an indications of a different eye problem.

Risk Factors for Cataracts

There are several factors that could put you at a higher risk for cataracts, including:

  • Age – over 50
  • Ultraviolet radiation
  • Eye trauma
  • Heredity
  • Certain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Glaucoma

When to Seek Treatment

We suggest you seek treatment as soon as you notice symptoms developing and interfering with everyday tasks. Patients over the age of 50 should have annual appointments to evaluate for cataracts. If you experience any of these symptoms, we invite you call us and schedule an eye examination.