The Short And Long Term Effects Of Cataracts

The short- and long-term effects of cataracts range from annoying to potentially expensive. If your cataracts become obstructive to the point where they get in the way of your everyday life, you may want to consider cataract surgery.

Short-Term Effects of Cataracts

A cataract will first appear in the form of a small, protein-based cloud on your lens. This may seem like just a small, annoying speck in your vision at first, but over time it can amass more protein and grow larger.
Aside from having cloudy vision, you may notice that colors begin to seem washed out and faded. The glare of headlights, lamps and other light sources may seem too bright for you, or a halo may appear around them, making them hard to pinpoint. You may additionally begin to experience increasingly poor night vision.

Long-Term Effects of Cataracts

As the cataracts develop, the cloudy protein spots may grow larger, further obstructing your vision. Over time, the cloud may begin to take on a yellow or brown hue, causing your vision to appear yellow or brown as well. It may start out as a light tint and then grow more pronounced over time.
You may notice that your glasses or contact lenses do not work as well, and you’ll have to update the prescriptions more frequently, which could eventually become expensive.