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What are the symptoms of cataracts?

For some people, the symptoms of cataracts develop so slowly over time that they don’t realise they have them, but for other people the signs can be much more obvious.

If you feel your eyesight has deteriorated, take a look at the list of common symptoms below to find out if you could have cataracts.

Common symptoms of cataracts

There are a number of different symptoms associated with cataracts. Everyone is different, so you may not suffer from all of them, but here are some of the signs you should look out for:

  • Cloudy and/or blurred vision
  • Having to change your glasses or contact lenses quite regularly, due to your prescription altering
  • Seeing double or multiple images from one eye
  • Colours appearing faded
  • Poor vision at night
  • Problems with bright lights – for example, you may have difficulty driving at night due to the glare from oncoming headlights.

A lot of people do not initially realise they are suffering from cataracts. In some cases, it only impacts a small part of the eye’s natural lens, so you may not be immediately aware of any loss of vision. However, this will get worse as the cataract gets larger and starts to cloud more of your lens. As time goes on, symptoms tend to become more obvious.

As soon as you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should book an appointment with an optician or ophthalmic surgeon, who will be able to confirm your diagnosis and advise you on whether cataract surgery could be right for you.

Book a FREE consultation with Optegra

If you think you may need cataract surgery, it’s best to book a consultation with Optegra sooner rather than later. You will be assessed by one of our world-class ophthalmic surgeons who will determine whether cataract surgery is required, and will advise you on the treatment options available.
We will put together a personalised eye care plan which is tailored to your needs, so you can be sure that you’re receiving the very best treatment for you. You’ll also see the same surgeon all the way through from your initial consultation to your surgery and aftercare, for additional peace of mind.


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