A cataract is a common eye disease that occurs when an area of the eye’s lens turns whitish and opaque, limiting vision. The condition tends to develop slowly, with vision gradually worsening over time. Small cataracts may not cause any noticeable change vision, and some sufferers report sudden improvements in their close-up, but this improvement is only temporary. Vision generally worsens again as the cataract develops. The following symptoms can be signs of not only cataracts, but also other eye problems. Those who experience any of these symptoms should have their eyes examined by a qualified ophthalmologist.
* Cloudy or blurry vision
* Irregular perception of light, including headlights that seem too bright, glare from lamps or bright sunlight, or a halo around lights
* Difficulty reading
* Faded colors
* Poor night vision
* Double or multiple vision (this often goes away as a cataract grows)
* Frequent changes in prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses
* Decreased contrast sensitivity (the ability to see shades, or shapes against a background)
Discuss treatment options with your eye doctor. In general, even if cataracts are diagnosed, the decision to remove them will be based on the patient's own perception of the effects of vision loss on their normal activities.