Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

June 18, 2024


Cataracts are a common part of growing older. This clouding of your eye’s lens can make it difficult to read, drive, and perform other daily activities. There are signs and symptoms that you can keep an eye out for, which let you know that you’ve developed cataracts.

The doctors at OOMC can offer treatment options for cataracts, but the first step is identifying the symptoms and signs for yourself.

Frequent Changes in Glasses or Contact Prescription

Cataracts affect your eye’s lens. The lens is how you focus and help you see properly. As your lens changes, you may find that your current prescription is no longer working as it should. The cataract may continue to develop, causing further changes in your vision and requiring more prescription changes to keep up.

Blurred or Double Vision

When you develop cataracts, the center of your vision may grow blurry. Some people also describe this blurriness as a foggy area.

Some people may experience double vision—an image with the look of an identical image next to it, often called a “ghost.” You can check if one of your eyes is developing a cataract by checking for the “ghost” by closing one eye and then the other. If the double vision remains with one eye open, that eye may have a cataract.

Blurred or double vision happens because the proteins inside the lens become cloudy, and that makes it more difficult for light to enter your eye and focus properly.

Halos Around Lights

While driving or walking around at night, you may notice headlamps or streetlights have a light halo around them. This can be a sign that one or both of your eyes are developing cataracts.

This halo effect happens because the light entering your eye is scattered by the cataract. This scattering is interpreted as halos.

Colors Look Faded

Cataracts create a cloudy lens in your eye. This lens can distort the colors you see, dulling them or making them look faded, almost like an old photograph or through a tinted filter. Some people also notice colors becoming yellow or brown due to cataracts.

Difficulty Seeing at Night

You may find it difficult to see at night when you develop cataracts. There can be several reasons for this, including the inability of your eyes to focus properly. Less light may be getting into your eye and reaching the retina due to the cataract as well.

You May Require Brighter/More Light to Read

Despite the sensitivity to light, you may require more or brighter light to do things like reading. The clouding of the lens, which makes it difficult to see at night, can also make it more challenging to read at regular lighting levels.

Contact Your Eye Doctor If You’re Experiencing the Signs and Symptoms of Cataracts

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have cataracts. The eye doctors at OOMC can diagnose your cataracts and recommend personalized treatment options based on your health and the severity of your cataracts. Schedule an appointment to discuss cataracts today.

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