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Symptoms of Cataracts

Many people do not know that they are losing their eyesight. It happens slowly over time as the cataract grows.
You may have:
  • Cloudy or blurry eyesight
  • Problems seeing contrast
  • Poor eyesight at night
  • Problems reading
  • Seeing two or more images
  • Problems seeing things that are far away
  • Colors that seem faded or images that have a yellow tint
  • Problems with light, such as:
    • Headlights that seem too bright
    • Glare from lamps or sunlight
    • A halo around lights
    • Trying to read in bright light
    • Problems when moving from a dark place to a bright place
These things can also be from other eye problems. If you have any of them, see your eye doctor right away.

References

Cataract. American Optometric Association website. Available at: https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/cataract?sso=y. Accessed February 13, 2019.
Cataracts in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116240/Cataracts-in-adults. Updated November 28, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2017.
Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute website. Available at: https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract%5Ffacts. Updated September 2015. Accessed February 13, 2019.
Informed consent: obtaining from patients undergoing surgery. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/nursing-reference-center. Updated September 14, 2018. Accessed February 13, 2019.
What are cataracts? American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-are-cataracts. Updated November 9, 2018. Accessed February 13, 2019.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2018
  • Update Date: 02/13/2019
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