Cataracts usually develop slowly and many people may not realize that they have cataracts in the beginning. Blurred vision is the hallmark of cataracts. As the clouding of the lens progresses, the vision becomes more blurred. As said previously, this can happened very slowly and some people do not realize their vision is as bad as they thought until they have their vision tested in the doctor’s office. Eventually the cataract or lens becomes cloudy to the point that changing glasses will not help. An analogy for example is your car windshield fogs up and no matter what lenses you put on they will not let you see through the foggy windshield until the windshield becomes clear.
Blurred Night Vision
Problems with vision at night are one of the first things that people notice with cataracts. Glare, halos, and streaks around lights. Dim vision is often a problem with trouble seeing the edge of the road and being able to see signs.
Frequent Glass Changes
Some cataracts can cause changes in the glass prescription and for a time changing the glasses prescription maybe all that needed.
Many people become light sensitive and complain of eye pain as light diffuses and reflects off the cataract.
Fading or Color Changes
Changing or fading of colors occur but many people do not notice the change as this happens slowly. Almost everyone notices the change in colors after the cataracts are removed.
As the cataract diffuses and reflects the light, it can actually cause double vision in that particular eye.
Many people notice that they need more light to read or perform other activities. They complain of trouble driving in the rain.
Harm to the Eye
A cataract usually does not harm the eye unless it progresses to the point of becoming hyper mature or over ripe (white cataract). This type of cataract can cause inflammation, pain, and glaucoma and needs to be removed.