Blurry lights at night could indicate cataracts getting worse

Originally written February 26, 2021

You know you’ll develop cataracts as you get older. After all, everyone does. But what are some of the signs that you might need cataract surgery?

In This Article...

  1. What is a cataract?
  2. Worsening Symptom 1: Cloudiness
  3. Worsening Symptom 2: Issues with light
  4. Worsening Symptom 3: Incorrect coloring
  5. Worsening Symptom 4: Double vision
  6. Worsening Symptom 5: Blindness
  7. Receiving your cataract care at CEENTA

What is a cataract?

A cataract is when the natural lens in the eye becomes cloudy, which can occur naturally as you age or due to genetic dispositions. Similar to a camera lens that is becoming cloudy or obscured, images cannot be seen clearly by your eyes. Cataracts in their early stages can be treated by glasses. But if the cataract impedes your daily activities, surgery may be the best treatment.

Worsening Symptom 1: Cloudiness

As mentioned above, cloudiness is a sign that your cataracts are worsening. Cloudiness presents when it looks like you’re trying to see through cloudy, foggy air. In this instance, the symptom is getting worse and approaching near full vision loss. 

Worsening Symptom 2:Issues with lights

Kashyap Kansupada, MD discusses how cataracts worsening can cause additional problems

When you’re driving at night, does it look like halos have encircled the streetlights and the other cars’ headlights? Do the lights glare uncomfortably? These signs, along with light sensitivity are signs that your cataracts are becoming worse and could even create dangerous situations.

CEENTA cataract surgeon Kashyap Kansupada, MD from our Belmont and Huntersville offices explains, “Far and away, the most common trigger for cataract surgery is glare from headlights at night – which is made worse when it’s raining – or from the sun during the day, making driving or distance viewing challenging."

Worsening Symptom 3: Incorrect coloring

Do colors appear dull? Does everything have a yellowish tint? As cataracts cloud your eyes, they can wash out colors. The cataract itself may also be yellowish, which can make everything you see appear more yellow.

Worsening Symptom 4: Double vision

Are you seeing double? One of the causes of double vision, or diplopia, is cataracts.

Worsening Symptom 5: Blindness

Ignoring your cataracts can lead to blindness. In fact, they are the number one cause of blindness worldwide. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to not put off your cataract treatment.

Receiving your cataract care at CEENTA

These are only a few signs of a cataract, which is why annual eye exams are so important, especially after the age of 40.

“Fortunately, regardless of the sign, 99 percent of patients enjoy quick visual recovery and a resumption of their daily activities after surgery,” Dr. Kansupada said.

If you suspect you have a cataract, come to CEENTA for the care you need to see clearly again. CEENTA's team of cataract surgeons can examine your symptoms and recommend both traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery along with multiple lens options. To schedule your cataract consultation with Dr. Kansupada at our Belmont or Huntersville offices, you may do so online or through myCEENTAchart if you are an existing patient.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with any of our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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