Symptoms of a Cataract
Symptoms of cataracts can include any or all of the following:
- Problems telling certain colors apart, such as navy blue, brown, and black, or blue, green, and purple (example at left).
- Problems with depth perception, such as judging the height of a step or curb, or the depth of a bathtub
- Blurred, hazy, or “milky” vision, as if looking through a dirty or cloudy piece of glass, or through glasses that always seem to need cleaning
- Difficulty reading regular print and/or street signs
- Needing a brighter, more focused light for reading and other close-up tasks, such as sewing and crafting
- Problems with glare, especially bright sunlight and room lights
- Sensitivity to oncoming headlights while driving at night
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Seeing “halos” around lights, especially at night
- Frequent changes in prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Development—or worsening—of nearsightedness
- Double vision (diplopia), or seeing a “ghost” image when using the affected eye. Double vision can also be a sign of a serious neurological condition and always needs to be evaluated by a doctor.