When to seek medical advice

You should see an optician if you have any of these symptoms:

  • your eyesight is blurred or misty
  • you find lights too bright or glaring
  • you find it harder to see in low light
  • colours look faded

If you wear glasses, you may feel your lenses are dirty and need cleaning, even when they don't.

Cataracts aren't usually painful and don't make your eyes red or irritated, but they can be painful if they're in an advanced stage or if you've got another eye condition.

Driving and cataracts

If you have cataracts, it could affect your ability to drive.

You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have cataracts in both eyes.

You don't need to tell the DVLA if you have cataracts in only one eye, unless you:

  • also have a medical condition in the other eye
  • drive for a living

If you drive a bus, coach or lorry, you must inform the DVLA if you have cataracts in one or both eyes.

For more information, read about cataracts and driving on the GOV.UK website.