Cataracts are the cloudy patches that often develop in the lens of your eye. They can cause blurred or misty vision. Do not worry, they are very common and are treatable. Eye Lens: The lens is the transparent structure that sits just behind your pupil (the black dot in the centre of your eye). It allows light to get to the back of your eye (retina). As we age: In some people, cataracts develop in the lens as they get older. This results in some of the light not being able to reach the back of the eye. As we age these patches become larger and can start affecting vision. Many people with cataracts will eventually need surgery to remove and replace the affected lens.
Many signs of cateracts are missed as they do not adversly affect a person's vision. Whilst they normally develop on both eyes the degree in which they are affected can vary between eye lens or eyeballs. Small spots or patches where your vision has become blured or patchy are common symptoms. Cataracts is an internal complaint affecting the eye itself. There would be not teltale syptoms or redness or itching around the eye.
Cataracts may also affect your sight in the following ways:
This website is to help cataract suffers understand their condition and to offer treatments and surgeries that can treat the condition.
If your vision can be corrected by changing your prescription for your glasses then you would not need surgery.
If your vision loss cannot be corrected with new glasses and cataracts interfere with your life, you may be a candidate for surgery. This involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial one.
Cataract surgery is usually conducted on an outpatient basis and is very successful in restoring vision. It is the most frequently performed surgery in the UK, with more than 0.5 million cataract surgeries done each year.
Talk to your doctor to see which treatment is right for you.
Below is a list of symptoms of this condition and the other conditions that could cause them.
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