Are things looking a little blurry lately? Maybe your golf game is off, or you seem to need new glasses prescriptions more often. In this post, we’ll cover the symptoms of cataracts and when you should talk to your eye doctor.

picture diagram of a cataract of the eyeWhat are cataracts?

Your eye has a lens just like a camera. It focuses light on your retina, the area at the back of the eye where images are formed. Over time, this lens gets cloudy or hazy. When this happens, the images that form on your retina are less clear. It’s simple: you don’t see as well through a cloudy lens.

Getting older is the most common cause of cataracts and can start as early as 50.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

In most people, cataract symptoms develop slowly over a long time. They are likely to happen in both eyes and can include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble seeing well at night
  • Glare or halos around objects
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Double vision
  • Loss of color vision – Colors might look yellow, brownish, or faded
  • Needing a new glasses or contact lens prescription more often

You might have trouble doing activities that require sharp, clear vision, such as reading or playing golf.

What should I do if I have cataract symptoms?

If you have any symptoms of cataracts, see an eye doctor. The doctor can tell if you have cataracts by doing an eye exam. If another condition is causing your symptoms, the doctor can diagnose and treat it.

The experts at Oregon Eye Specialists are here to help. Request an appointment online or call 503-935-5580 to find the clinic nearest you.

When do I need cataract surgery?picture diagram of a cloudy posterior capsule of the eye

It really depends on you. If your vision is only slightly affected, a new prescription for eyeglasses might be all you need at first. If cataracts have started to interfere with your daily activities, it might be time for surgery. Learn more about when to have cataract surgery.

You might remember a family member or friend who had cataracts for a long time. Years ago, people had to wait until their cataracts were very advanced before having surgery. In those days, cataract surgery was a major operation that required a hospital stay. Today, it is a short day surgery procedure. Learn more about cataract surgery.

What about other eye symptoms?

Pain, eye irritation, or vision problems that come and go are not usually symptoms of cataracts. They could be symptoms of a different eye condition, and you should pay attention. Talk to your eye doctor if you have eye symptoms or vision changes, especially sudden changes.