Signs & Symptoms Ophthalmology & Optometry

Cataracts
Signs and Symptoms

Cataracts progress slowly; in the early stages of the disease, you may not notice any major changes in your vision. Glasses or contact lenses can help correct these minor visual problems. But as the condition progresses, your vision may become seriously impaired and surgery may be required.

Symptoms include:

  • Painless cloudy, blurry or dim vision
  • More difficulty seeing at night or in low light
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Faded or yellowed colors
  • The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Double vision within one eye

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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