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Which symptoms develop when you have a cataract in your eye?
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Cataract symptoms
Cataracts cause halos/glare especially when driving at night, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background ) & decreased vision: even on; these symptoms worse with time.
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In brief: Cataract symptoms
Cataracts cause halos/glare especially when driving at night, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background ) & decreased vision: even on; these symptoms worse with time.
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Visual Acuity Loss
Cataracts are (usually) age-related opacification of the lens of the eye.
As a cataract becomes more opaque, vision is compromised and a loss of visual acuity is noted. Contrast sensitivity is lost, so that contours, shadows and color vision are less vivid. They also cause a darkening of the red-reflex, which normally makes the eye appear red under light (like in a picture taken with the flash on).

In brief: Visual Acuity Loss
Cataracts are (usually) age-related opacification of the lens of the eye.
As a cataract becomes more opaque, vision is compromised and a loss of visual acuity is noted. Contrast sensitivity is lost, so that contours, shadows and color vision are less vivid. They also cause a darkening of the red-reflex, which normally makes the eye appear red under light (like in a picture taken with the flash on).
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Blurred vision
Blurred vision, glare, halos around lights, can not see the baseball score on TV, miss street signs.
"You can not see as well as you used to"

In brief: Blurred vision
Blurred vision, glare, halos around lights, can not see the baseball score on TV, miss street signs.
"You can not see as well as you used to"
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Daniel Bustos
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Worsening vision
Cataracts most often cause a decline in the vision generally.
Specifically, though, cataracts cause difficulty seeing small things at near or in the distance, make it so you need more light to see what you're reading and cause difficulty functioning in glare conditions such as bright headlights at night or sunlight during the day.

In brief: Worsening vision
Cataracts most often cause a decline in the vision generally.
Specifically, though, cataracts cause difficulty seeing small things at near or in the distance, make it so you need more light to see what you're reading and cause difficulty functioning in glare conditions such as bright headlights at night or sunlight during the day.
Dr. Daniel Bustos
Dr. Daniel Bustos
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Dr. John Jarstad
Ophthalmology
In brief: Glare from headlight
Glare from oncoming car headlights is generally the first symptom. Everyone can be annoyed from xenon or bright blue headlights coming toward you on a rainy night but this glare from developing cataract changes in the lens of your eye make driving uncomfortably dangerous.
In fact a driving simulated glare test is offered at many ophthalmology offices to test glare disability before surgery.

In brief: Glare from headlight
Glare from oncoming car headlights is generally the first symptom. Everyone can be annoyed from xenon or bright blue headlights coming toward you on a rainy night but this glare from developing cataract changes in the lens of your eye make driving uncomfortably dangerous.
In fact a driving simulated glare test is offered at many ophthalmology offices to test glare disability before surgery.
Dr. John Jarstad
Dr. John Jarstad
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