The 5 Most Common Symptoms of Cataracts

The 5 Most Common Symptoms of Cataracts

July 21st, 2017


The American Academy of Ophthalmology has named June Cataract Awareness Month and for good reason as cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Over 20 million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts every year and over six million Americans have had surgery to correct their cataracts.

Early detection and treatment are key to managing your cataracts and preserving your vision. The symptoms of cataracts often go unnoticed in the beginning and the longer your cataracts develop the more difficult they are to treat.

It is important to be familiar with some of the early symptoms of cataracts so you can protect your vision. Here are the five most common symptoms of cataracts:


  • A sudden change in vision


The first sign of cataracts is often simply an unexplained change in your vision. Things that used to be easy for you to see are suddenly difficult or your vision is suddenly blurry for no reason.


  • Halos and glares


Cataracts will cause the lenses in your eyes to begin to cloud over and this cause halos or glares to appear around lights. This can make bright lights especially painful and it can be hard to tolerate sunlight.


  • Difficulty driving at night


Because cataracts cause halos around light sources, this can make driving at night a challenge. Streetlamps and oncoming cars can make it hard for you to see.


  • Extreme sensitivity to light


Cataracts can cause your eyes to become increasingly sensitive to light. This will likely worsen as your cataracts worsen.   


  • Cloudy, hazy vision


As cataracts begin to form, the lenses in your eye become discolored and your vision will become hazy or cloudy. Many cataracts patients describe this experience as though they are looking through a piece of glass.

If you are concerned that you may be experiencing some of the symptoms on this list or if you need help managing your own cataracts, we would be happy to speak with you! Contact Dr. Danny Lee in Huntsville, AL today to schedule your cataract screening! We look forward to hearing from you.