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- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Colors seem faded or images appear with a yellow tint
- Poor contrast
- Poor night vision
- Difficulty reading
- Double or multiple vision—this symptom often goes away as the cataract matures
- Increased nearsightedness, requiring frequent changes in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription
Problems with light, including
- Headlights that seem too bright at night
- Glare from lamps or very bright sunlight
- A halo around lights
- Trying to read in bright light
- Problems when moving from a dark area to a bright area
- Colors seem faded
- Poor night vision
- In rare cases, a cataract may cause an acute glaucoma attack.
- Visual acuity assessment test (VAT)—To assess distant vision.
- Slit lamp exam—To magnify the eye.
- Tonometry—To assess fluid pressure inside the eye. Increased pressure may be a sign of glaucoma .
- Dilated eye exam—To evaluate the lens and the structures of the back of the eye.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how to successfully quit.
- Keep chronic conditions under control by following your treatment plan.
- Wear a hat and UV-protected sunglasses when outdoors.
- Talk to your doctor about vitamins or supplements with antioxidants.
- Get regular eye exams.
Eye Smart—American Ophthalmology http://www.geteyesmart.org
National Eye Institute (NEI) http://www.nei.nih.gov
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.cos-sco.ca
The Canadian National Institute for the Blind http://www.cnib.ca
Cataract. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 1, 2014. Accessed October 23, 2014.
Cataracts. National Eye Institute website. Available at: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract. Updated September 2009. Accessed October 23, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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