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What are the symptoms of cataracts?

You may not notice any symptoms with early cataracts. As a cataract becomes more advanced, decrease in clarity of vision, not fully correctable with glasses, is noticed. There is a loss of contrast sensitivity, so that shadows and color vision are less vivid. Disturbing glare may be noted as light is into the eye scattered by the cataract. Haloes may be observed around lights. Night vision will be diminished. In certain types of cataracts, double vision may be noted in the affected eye. Some patients note that they require frequent changes in their eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions and may be aware that their near vision is improving as their distance vision declines.

A cataract does not routinely cause discomfort or pain in the eye or alter the external appearance of the eye

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Comment from: ETHEL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I started having cloudy vision in my left eye. I was concerned about it so I made an appointment to see the eye doctor. I told her what was happening with my left eye. After the examination she told me I had the beginning of cataract in my eye, and I needed to wear glasses. I was relieved I thought it was something very serious going on with my eye. The glasses are helping and I see better.

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Comment from: Bee, (Patient) Published: February 03

I have glasses for reading. I noticed in last few years that long distance vision is blurry. Headaches increased. I kept missing my footing on stairs and falling and also into walls and door frames, and misjudging oven shelves causing burns. I went 3 times to opticians in one year. Twice it was not picked up, I changed my opticians insistent that something was wrong, and this was when cataract was found. I always wear prescription sunglasses when I go out, and eat a salad of spinach, carrots and garlic every day that will help to slow the progress. I also use a magnifying glass all the time.

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