Cataracts: Signs and Symptoms

Here at the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, we are experts at detecting the presence of cataracts. We don’t expect you to be too. While there are some signs and symptoms of cataracts you can look out for, they are largely undetectable until they start affecting vision. So, if you find yourself diagnosed with cataracts, don’t beat yourself up about not noticing. Some people do, but most people don’t!

While cataracts are not considered a medical emergency and not much can be done to prevent them, we do value patient education. So, here are some cataract signs and symptoms you can look out for!

Blurry Vision

This may be the most obvious sign of all. If you attend your routine eye examinations as you should, chances are your eye doctor will diagnose your cataracts long before your vision starts to blur. However, those who do not visit their doctor regularly may notice a slight blurriness that only seems to get worse as time goes on. Vision may also appear distorted in some areas. This could be cataracts!

Many people just chalk it up to “getting older” and think they need a new prescription. Glasses and contact lenses may be useful in improving vision at first, but they will only work for so long. Once your cataracts have progressed, the only way to improve vision is through cataract surgery.

A Yellowish Tint

While a sepia filter may look nice in photos, it’s not so great for your vision. Cataracts can cause a yellow or brownish tint to your vision. This may not be noticeable at first, but you may eventually notice that colors appear less vibrant.

This increased dullness can have a huge effect on people who enjoy being creative, such as artists. People with jobs where color distinction is very important, like pilots, can also be very affected by this symptom. Unfortunately, the only way to correct this issue is through cataract surgery. After cataract surgery, many patients remark on the vibrancy of colors, and that they had barely noticed how bad it had gotten! Don’t let cataract skew your view of the world.

Difficulty Seeing At Night

Many people have difficulty seeing at night due to various eye problems. Cataracts can be a huge contributor to this. If you find it increasingly more difficult to see at night, you may be dealing with cataracts!

Decreased night vision can make driving very dangerous. Cataracts can also cause “starbursts” and “halos” around light, such as headlights, at night. These two coupled together can make driving at night near impossible.

Are you noticing any of these cataract symptoms? Our very own Dr. Rex Hamilton has diagnosed hundreds of cases of cataracts, and has carried them through surgery and beyond. Are you ready to restore your vision? Come see us at our Santa Monica location!

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