Cataract

What is Cataract?

Cataract is the clouding of the eye's natural lens. It is the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40 and is also the principal cause of blindness in the world.

Symptoms

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing "halos" around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

Treatment

  • Cataract removal – Consists of removing the cataract
  • Intraocularlens (IOL) implantation – Consists of placing the IOL inside the bag

Causes

  • Aging
  • Injury to the eye
  • Inherited Genetic Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Eye Surgery in the Past
  • Smoking
  • Significant alcohol consumption
  • Excessive exposure to sunlight
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