Cataracts are often described as a persistent “cloudiness” or a haze. However, these are just the most common presentations or symptoms of cataracts. While some people simply describe their vision as “blurry” from a cataract, blurriness is a vague term also used by those describing difficulties with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Cataracts can sometimes cause double vision or poor vision in bright light. Many patients describe seeing a “halo” around lights, and poor night vision or a yellowish tinge to colors are also signs of cataracts.
The only way to know for certain what’s causing your poor vision is to see an Ophthalmologist. It’s not unusual for a person to have multiple vision issues. A patient might have cataracts, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Furthermore, macular degeneration, diabetes or glaucoma can compound vision difficulty. Cataract surgery specifically addresses cataracts, and some approaches—such as upgrading to a multifocal lens—can also address additional types of vision issues. During a consultation, patients learn more about their unique vision problems and get personalized recommendations.