If something appears brown or beige to you but others insist it’s white, it could be a sign of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, and almost everyone will develop them eventually, says Dr. Park. By age 75, half of white Americans have cataracts, according to the National Eye Institute
, and it is more likely to occur among women than men. As the lens clouds, it becomes browner, says Dr. Sumers, meaning colors could appear distorted. “It’s like you have an Instagram filter over the eye, but it happens over decades,” Dr. Sumers says. The good news is that while cataracts can cause blurred vision and color distortion, they can be removed with a quick, relatively painless surgery that will improve your vision for the rest of your life, she says.