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Can I see my cataract?



In dim light, if I blink my left eye and look at a wall, I see a more-or-less rounded disk. It is somewhat dark and darker around the edges. I was told about three years ago that I had the very beginnings of cataracts. Am I looking at my own cataract? Thank you for your reply.


It's not a cataract. You're probably looking at a floater in your eye. These can be ring-shaped and occur routinely in the vision in individuals as they age, esp. beyond the age of 60 years. Express your concern with your eye doctor at your next eye exam, if you continue to experience the problem.

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Cynthia Gale Heard, OD Cynthia Gale Heard, OD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University