Cataract Symptoms

Because cataracts develop slowly, it is possible to live with the condition for years before its symptoms start to noticeably compromise your vision.

It is good to have your eyes checked for cataracts regularly, especially if you’re between the ages of 40 and 50, when most age-related cataracts begin to develop.

The symptoms of cataracts become more pronounced over time, but here are a few early signs that you may have a cataract:

  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • “Halos” around bright lights (especially at night)
  • Sensitivity to bright light and glare
  • Need for brighter lights for reading and other close-up activities
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye
  • A faded or yellowish hue to bright colors
  • The need for frequent adjustments to glasses or contact lens prescriptions

See also: Cataract Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)