Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens and is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. An estimated 20.5 million Americans aged 40 years and older have cataract in one or both eyes. That’s almost one out of five people over the age of 40. People with diabetes are also more likely to develop cataracts.
- Being sensitive to glare
- Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
- Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light
- Double vision
- Loss of color intensity
- Problems seeing shapes against a background or the difference between shades of colors
- Seeing halos around lights
Finding and treating eye problems early can help save sight. It is best to have an eye doctor give you a dilated eye exam at least once a year. Because eye disease may develop without symptoms, regular eye exams are important for finding problems early. Some people may notice signs of vision changes. If you’re having trouble reading, if your vision is blurred, or if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may have eye problems. Be sure to tell your health care team or eye doctor about any eye problems you may have.