- PAIN RELIEF
- HOME CARE
- BATH, TOILET & DIAPERS
- MEDICAL AIDS
- QUICK LINKS
A cataract is when the normally clear lens of the eye clouds over, causing blurred vision. It is progressive, generally found in adults over the age of 60, and can be attributed to the deposition of certain proteins in the lens, causing opacity. Untreated, it is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
Some known risk factors for cataract include:
Having a cataract is often likened to seeing through a fog, or through frosted glass. Images appear hazy, and can cause visual strain. Cataracts often develop slowly, and hence you may not notice the symptoms early on. You may also observe:
Initially, the following will help:
However, as it progresses, you will require cataract surgery, especially if it interferes with your daily living. Fortunately, cataract surgery is a safe, effective procedure, and can be done on an OPD basis, which means you will be discharged the same day.
Eyedrops that claim to resolve cataracts have not been proven to work. Please consult an ophthalmologist before availing any treatment.
By Dharini Prasad
Guest Author and Student of Medicine
What Are Cataracts?, American Academy Of Ophthalmology | What Are Cataracts?, WebMD | Cataracts, MAYO CLINIC | Cataract Formation - A Video by American Academy of Opthamology
Comments will be approved before showing up.