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There are several possible cataract signs and symptoms, and treatment can't begin until your healthcare provider has made a definitive diagnosis. If you believe you are experiencing cataract symptoms and treatment seems necessary, it's important that you see your eye care professional right away.

Cataract Signs and Symptoms and Treatment: An Introduction

Many different cataract symptoms are possible. However, other eye problems can also cause these symptoms. Anyone with possible symptoms of cataracts should see an eye care professional. Only an eye care professional can properly diagnose and treat a cataract.
 

Specific Cataract Symptoms

Cataract symptoms may include:
 
  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Lights seem very bright (glare)
  • Colors seem faded
  • Difficulty reading
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye (this symptom may go away as the cataract gets larger)
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
     

Cataract Treatment

Early symptoms of cataracts may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these treatment options do not help, cataract surgery is the only effective treatment.
 
If your eye care professional finds a cataract, you may not need surgery for several years. In fact, you might never need surgery at all. If you have a cataract, it's important to have your vision tested regularly. That way, your eye care professional can monitor you. Then, you and your eye care professional can discuss when you might need treatment for cataracts.
 
(Click Cataract Symptoms or Cataract Treatment to learn more about these topics.)
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