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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.


Cataract. American Optometric Association website. Available at: Accessed February 13, 2019.
Cataracts in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: Updated November 28, 2016. Accessed May 10, 2017.
Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute website. Available at: Updated September 2015. Accessed February 13, 2019.
Informed consent: obtaining from patients undergoing surgery. EBSCO Nursing Reference Center website. Available at: Updated September 14, 2018. Accessed February 13, 2019.
What are cataracts? American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: 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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