Eye Health

Updated 26 September 2018

Symptoms of cataracts

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

Common symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Hazy vision / a 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 
  • 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 disease)

Reviewed by ophthalmologist Dr Viresh Dullabh, MBBCh (Wits) FC Ophth SA (CMSA) MMED (UKZN). September 2018.

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Diagnosing cataracts


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. 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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