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What is Cataract?

Cataract vision

Cataract, what is Cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which may result in poor vision. In most cases, cataracts forms as a result of ageing and long-term exposure to ultraviolet light.

The typical symptoms of cataracts are individuals may feel a low and painless blurring of vision that may not improve with prescription glasses. You may experience increased sensitivity to bright lights as you drive at night. The way you see colors may differ as objects would appear to have a yellowish or brownish tinge to it.
Normal Vision
Normal Vision
Cataract vision
Cataract vision

Whose at risk of developing cataract? People who are aged over 40 years old. For each decade after 50 years old, the risk doubles. People who spend long periods of time exposed to sunlight such as farmers and outdoor workers like builders. Those who have diabetes, smokers and those who have used corticosteriod medications for a long time. You are at risk if you have had previous eye injuries as well.

What can you do to prevent cataract from ruining your vision? Well, you have to wear sunglasses and a hat when outdoors to protect your eyes from the sun. Having regular eye examinations from qualified eye care practitioner such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This eye examination is crucial to detect early signs of cataracts and if you experience change in vision, immediately get your eyes checked. The other ways you can prevent cataract from taking your vision away? STOP smoking.

A new pair of prescription glasses may help to improve vision for some individuals but as cataract worsens, surgical interference might be needed to restore ones vision.

Cataract surgery is performed only by an ophthalmologist. The cloudy lens in the eye is replaced by a new synthetic one. Cataract surgery is common, very safe and is usually done as as day surgery procedure under local anesthesia.

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