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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: ts, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have been on Seroquel for Bipolar disorder for about 12 years. I started having progressive changes in my vision and cataracts have formed. It is a "side effect" of this drug. I am writing this so others will be aware of how medication can cause this problem. It is noted in the FDA report.

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Comment from: Mkn, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

The power of glasses in my right eye suddenly increased from -6 to -7.5 at the age of 56. The doctor has diagnosed cataract in the initial stage. He says the vision will further deteriorate, maybe up to -9.5 before any surgery is attempted.

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