Patients Education - :: Cataract ::



What is a Cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye. It can be compared to a window that is frosted or yellowed.
The amount and pattern of cloudiness within the lens can vary. If the cloudiness is not near the center of the lens, you may not be aware that a cataract is present.

Cataract is not:
• a film over the eye;
• caused by overusing the eyes;
• spread from one eye to the other;
• a cause of irreversible blindness.

Common symptoms of cataract include:
• a painless blurring of vision;
• glare, or light sensitivity;
• poor night vision;
• double vision in one eye:
• needing brighter light to read;
• fading or yellowing of colors.

Causes of cataract include:
• family history;
• medical problems, such as diabetes;
• injury to the eye;
• medications, especially steroids;
• long-term, unprotected exposure to sunlight;
• previous eye surgery;
• unknown factors.

How fast does a cataract develop?
How quickly the cataract develops varies among individuals and may even be different between the two eyes. Most age-related cataracts progress gradually over a period of time. Other cataracts, especially in younger people and people with diabetes, may progress rapidly over a short time. It is not possible to predict exactly how fast cataracts will develop in any given person.

Surgery is the only way a cataract can be removed. However, if symptoms of cataract are not bothering you very much, surgery may not be needed. Sometimes a simple change in your eyeglass prescription may be helpful. No medications, dietary supplements or exercises have been shown to prevent or cure cataracts.

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