Eye Health

Updated 15 February 2016

Symptoms of cataracts

Hazy, double or blurred vision and a milky appearance to the lens of the eye are all common signs of cataracts.

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Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness world-wide and while they are often are associated with ageing, they can affect younger people and even children too.

Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Hazy vision; decrease in visual acuity
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Difficulty performing normal activities due to vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Impaired vision at night, often causing difficulty while driving at night
  • Less vivid colour perception (colours look less bright)
  • Need for frequent changes in eye-glass prescriptions
  • Unexpected improvement in near vision
  • A milky white, opaque or yellowish appearance to the normally transparent lens of the eye (advanced case)

Read more:

What are cataracts?

Causes of cataracts

Diagnosing cataracts

 

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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg and is currently practising at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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