Symptoms of cataract


Have you ever wondered what the symptoms of cataracts are or how you could find out whether your vision was affected by cataracts?

This infographic represents the five most common symptoms of cataracts that you should know about.

Cataracts start small and may have little effect on your vision at first. Things might seem a little blurry, a bit like looking at an impressionist painting. This effect will likely increase over time. Most people describe a blur in their vision and you may notice a loss of colour vision.

Depending on the degree of cataract you might see colours as washed out or you might have difficulty on focussing on faces. You could even have trouble recognising things like bus numbers and distance vision.

As cataracts become more advanced, they can begin to become darker, with a yellow or brown tinge. This begins to affect night vision, making it harder to do activities at night, like driving.

In fact, a study by Curtin University in Australia found that treating cataracts reduced the risk of car accidents by 13 percent. Or you may notice when you drive at night that the oncoming headlights cause more glare than before. Colours may not appear as bright as they once did. If you wear glasses, you may find that they become less effective over time.

So, there are a wide variety of symptoms that can happen and  they can all happen together. The only real way to tell is to go see and eye doctor, like myself, for an comprehensive eye exam to find out for sure.