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Bilateral Cataracts

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Definition

A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye.

This article focuses on cataracts in adults. For information on cataracts in children, see: Congenital cataracts

Symptoms

Visual problems may include the following changes:

  • Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
  • Loss of color intensity
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Problems seeing shapes against a background or the difference between shades of colors
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Being sensitive to glare

Cataracts generally lead to decreased vision, even in daylight. Most people with cataracts have similar changes in both eyes, although one eye may be worse than the other. Many people with this condition have only mild vision changes.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Frequent changes in eyeglass prescription
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