A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. The lens is normally clear, but it can become cloudy as we age. This cloudiness can make it difficult to see.
What is the cause of cataracts?
There are many causes of cataracts, including:
Diseases such as
diabetes and glaucoma
Cataracts are very common, and they affect more than half of all people over the age of 65.
The symptoms of cataracts include:
- Difficulty seeing at night
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Colours that look washed out
- Double vision
If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see an optometrist.
There is no cure for cataracts, but they can be treated with surgery.
Cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can restore your vision.
During surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens.
Most people who have cataract surgery experience significant improvement in their vision. However, there are some risks associated with surgery, such as infection and bleeding.
If you are considering cataract surgery, talk to an optometrist about the risks and benefits of the procedure.
As well as surgery, a range of management options are available for those with small cataracts that are not progressing.
In an appointment with our optometrists, the Vision One Eyecare team may recommend solutions such as new prescription glasses and more regular eye tests to monitor your cataracts.
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