How to Recognize the Signs of Cataracts

Did you know that half of all Americans either have a cataract or have already had cataract surgery by the age of 80? Yes, cataracts are a common condition many people develop as they age. And millions of people worldwide have cataracts surgery.

But in spite of how common cataracts are, many people miss some of the most common signs early on. This is because, in the beginning, the signs are very subtle and easy to ignore.

Let’s look at the five most common warning signs of cataracts:

A change in vision

Often, the first sign of cataracts is just a sudden change in vision. Perhaps you just notice that you don’t seem to be able to see things as clearly as you used to. Or you notice your vision is becoming progressively worse over time.

Lens discoloration

Often, cataracts patients begin to notice that the lenses in their eyes start to become discolored. Many patients notice their eyes develop a yellowish tint to them.

Cloudy vision

If you have ever met a cataracts patient you may hear them describe their condition as if they are “looking through a piece of glass.” They can still see but their vision is cloudy or blurry.


Cataracts often cause halos or a glare to begin to form around light sources. This can make many cataracts patients extremely sensitive to light.

Poor night vision

Due to their blurry vision and sensitivity to light, many cataracts patients have poor night vision. They may find it is difficult to make out street signs or have a very hard time seeing past the glare of oncoming headlights from other cars.

If you recognize any of these symptoms, don’t just wait and hope they will go away. There are many ways to treat the symptoms of your cataracts so you can continue to live a full life. To learn more about cataracts or cataract surgery, schedule an appointment with one of our Scottsdale eye doctors today.

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