If you develop a cataract, your lens becomes cloudy, affecting vision as though looking through a dirty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colourful with a cataract.

Most cataracts develop slowly over time. As a result, cataracts can introduce subtle loss of vision that may not be immediately.

Common cataract symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Developing extra sensitivity to light and glare
  • Poor night vision
  • Noticing you need extra lighting to see at night time than you previously needed
  • Seeing bright colours as dimmer, or a yellow shift in how you see colours

Cataracts need to be assessed by a professional eyecare expert to ensure you have the right support in eyewear and should be carefully monitored on an ongoing basis, so that an appropriate referral for surgery can be made at the right time.