Cataracts are a common vision problem caused by the hardening of the lens. The lens is the part of the eye that helps in focusing light on the retina. The retina is the layer of the eye that sends signals to the brain for vision. But what is the first sign of cataracts?
What is the First Sign of Cataracts?
Cataract symptoms are usually common to all types of cataracts, but may vary depending on the severity and progression of the disease.
Especially during its early stages, cataract symptoms can be mistaken for other eye diseases. Cataract is progressive and will worsen over time which is why regular eye check-up is very important.
The most obvious sign of cataract is sclerosis or hardening of the lens.
In healthy eyes, the lens is clear and transparent. People with cataracts tend to have white or yellowish spots at the center or the sides of the lens. Your eye doctor can easily detect this during eye check-ups.
A hardened lens is noticeable upon closer look in the eyes. The pupil, which is the black part in the center of the eye, looks like it is covered with a white or greyish film.