Early Cataract Symptoms
Because cataracts often occur because of age, over half of all Americans will develop a cataract by the time they reach the age of 80. However, keep in mind there are also certain behaviors and lifestyle factors that could increase the risk for developing cataracts. These include smoking, high blood sugar, and too much sun exposure without eye protection.
As far as symptoms go, it depends on the severity and rate of progression. Cataracts typically start out small and might not have much effect on the vision early on. But the initial and most obvious cataract symptom is blurred or clouded vision. An example of this might be that some objects may appear blurry or you may notice particular areas of your vision are fuzzy. What usually starts out as a minor vision issue will eventually develop into full-blown cataracts and can negatively affect your everyday activities and make everything around you seem cloudy or dim.
As cataracts progress, they begin to darken in color. Whenever this happens, night vision is impacted, often making driving and other nighttime activities extremely difficult. In addition to poor night vision, sensitivity to light is also a common cataract symptom. The clouded lens diffracts the light that enters the eye, causing a glare and halo to appear around light sources such as lamps and streetlights. This symptom is not particularly noticeable during the daylight hours but is significant at night when lights appear even brighter against the dark night sky.
If you find that your daily life is affected by your cataracts and you find simple tasks such as reading, writing, or driving, to be difficult, you might consider learning more about cataract removal surgery that is performed in the comfort of our on-site state-of-the-art AAAHC ambulatory surgical center.