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Arizona Eye Care: Do I Have Cataracts? Signs and Symptoms

For some, making the decision to undergo Arizona cataract surgery is an easy one. Maybe they’ve been living with foggy vision for months. Maybe they’ve been experiencing difficulty reading. Maybe they’ve even had to refrain from doing daily activities because of seriously impaired vision.

But for those who aren’t certain or who have never experienced these symptoms before, cataracts can be scary.

What are the signs to look out for? Does everyone experience vision impairments?

Do I have cataracts?

Because here at Nationwide Vision, we place Arizona eye care first and foremost, we’ve compiled a list of the most common signs and symptoms surrounding cataracts. And while the best thing to do if you suspect you might have cataracts is to make an appointment with your trusted and dependable Nationwide eye doctor, this list might just help you determine whether or not you need to seek professional help.

Cloudy vision: Whether fuzzy, foggy, blurred, or filmy, a change in the clarity of your vision could be a sign that you have cataracts. Because the lens inside your eye becomes cloudy during the formation of a cataract, it’s common to experience impaired vision, and in some cases, this impairment could start to negatively affect your life on a day to day basis.

Sensitivity to glare: If you’ve recently noticed an increased sensitivity to glare, whether from lamps, the sun, or headlights, you may have cataracts. In some cases, cataracts are the direct result of being overexposed to ultraviolet radiation (such as from the sun), but even cataracts that have formed due to age or disease can increase a person’s sensitivity to glare.

Fading of colors: Some people with cataracts experience a fading or a yellowing of colors. At first, the cataract may only affect a small part of the lens, having little to no effect on your vision. However, with time, the cataract gradually grows larger, distorting the light that passes through the lens, creating the appearance of fading colors around you.

Your eye’s appearance: In some cases, more severe cataracts that go untreated for long periods of time can change the outer appearance of the eye. Though it may be difficult to recognize if you have cataracts in both eyes, any lightening of your pupils, gray coloring, or cloudy film developing over an eye can mean you have a cataract.

Difficulty reading: Because cataracts can lead to blurred vision, many afflicted people find they have difficulty distinguishing letters from the page. Sudden difficulty reading may mean you’re experiencing the effects of a cataract.

It’s important to remember that while many do experience a variety of symptoms upon contracting cataracts, many do not. And because in some cases, cataracts can be difficult to recognize even if you do have symptoms, you should make sure to always receive regular eye exams, so that you’re able to treat a cataract before it worsens. To learn more about Arizona cataract surgery or to schedule an eye exam today, visit us at