What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

If you’re experiencing vision changes, you may be wondering if you have cataracts. This article will guide you through the various symptoms associated with this condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a condition where the lens in your eye becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see clearly.

Common Symptoms

  1. Blurred Vision: Objects may appear hazy or less colourful.
  2. Difficulty Seeing at Night: You may find it hard to see in low light conditions.
  3. Light Sensitivity: Bright lights might seem too glaring, or you might see a halo around lights.
  4. Double Vision: You might see two images instead of one when looking at something with the affected eye.
  5. Frequent Prescription Changes: If you wear glasses, you may notice you need to change your prescription more often.

Are the Tests Painful?

If you experience these symptoms, it’s important to see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for a full examination. The tests involved are usually not painful. The most common tests include reading letters from a distance.

Another test you may have is a dilated eye exam. In this test, the doctor will use eye drops to gently expand your pupils. This makes it easier for the doctor to see inside your eye. After the eye drops take effect, the doctor will use a specialised light to look at the lens and the back part of your eye. The process is not surgical and is generally comfortable.

What to Do If You Experience These Symptoms

If you notice any of the symptoms listed, consult an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) for a full eye exam. Depending on your condition, treatment options may vary from prescription glasses to surgery.


Cataracts can significantly affect your quality of life. Recognising the symptoms early can help you seek the appropriate medical advice and treatment.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of your ophthalmologist or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have about your eyesight. The most reliable advice is one you can obtain through a consultation and inspection from a medical specialist.


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