Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, January 10, 2011

CATARACT SYMPTOMS

Cataracts may cause a variety of symptoms and visual changes, including blurring of vision, difficulty with glare, often with bright sun or automobile headlights while driving at night, dulling of color vision, increasd nearsightedness accompanied by frequent changes in eyeglass prescription, and occasionally double vision in one eye. Some people notice a phenomenon called "second sight" in which one's reading vision improves as a result of their increased nearsightedness as a resulting of a growing cataract. A change in glasses may help initially once vision begins to change from cataracts; however, as cataracts continue to progress, vision becomes cloudier and stronger glasses or contact lenses will no longer improve sight. When a cataract inhibits a person's ability to perform certain activities of daily living, i.e. driving, reading, watching T.V., then cataract surgery is the best option to improve vision.