Cataracts are quite common among people over 60 years old, and fortunately there I treatment available. However, the earlier you notice this condition, the sooner you can arrange for treatment so that your vision does not remain blurry for long. It is helpful to know the typical symptoms that occur in the early stages of this disorder.
Cataracts start out small and eventually grow, so it makes sense that the symptoms do the same. Some of the early symptoms of cataracts may be barely noticeable, and may even be attributed to other issues. One of the first signs is vision that is slightly blurry or hazy. You may notice that it gets a bit worse over a few months or years, as this condition progresses at different rates in different people.
Effects of Light
Another early symptom occurs when you are near a lamp or even in sunlight, as cataracts can make any light seem much brighter than before. Your vision may even be more affected than usual when you are driving during the night and see oncoming headlights, as they can seem brighter than usual, with extra glare. Such visual disturbances can make it difficult to drive at night, or go about your daily activities at all. Of course, they are not typically obvious at first, but progressively get harder to ignore.
Why Symptoms Vary
While these symptoms of cataracts can be useful to be aware of, you should also know that some types do not come with any symptoms. For example, subcapsular cataracts do not have any early symptoms, so you will not notice this type until it is time to get treatment due to very blurry vision. On the other hand, you may actually notice a brief, sudden improvement in your close-up vision when you have a nuclear cataract. Unfortunately, it does not last, as the cataract eventually grows and makes your vision blurrier than ever.