Cataract symptoms typically do not come and go. They usually develop gradually over time and can include blurred vision, difficulty seeing at night, double vision in one eye, and the appearance of a halo around lights. However, if the cataract is not yet mature, the symptoms may be less noticeable and may not progress as quickly.
Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which is located behind the iris and the pupil. The lens helps to focus light onto the retina, which sends visual signals to the brain. As the lens becomes cloudy, it becomes more difficult for light to pass through, leading to the various symptoms associated with cataracts.
Cataracts typically develop over time as a result of aging, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, or certain medical conditions such as diabetes. The clouding of the lens is a gradual process, and as the cataract matures, the symptoms become more pronounced.
In early stages, the clouding may be minimal and cause only slight changes in vision. However, as the cataract continues to develop, the clouding becomes more significant and the symptoms become more pronounced. This gradual progression means that cataract symptoms do not typically come and go. They may fluctuate in intensity but they do not disappear.