It is clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. The clouding causes the vision to be blurred or diminished.
Why do they develop?
It is normally the result of the normal aging process. However,
they can be caused by exposure to prolonged ultraviolet radiation,
diabetes mellitus, inflammation inside the eye or certain medications.
How can I tell if I have a cataract?
While some cataracts are mild and cause no symptoms, most
eventually cause fogging or dimming of vision. Only your eye doctor can
tell you if you have a cataract. Call your doctor if you notice changes
in vision in either eye.
How can you prevent cataracts?
Most cataracts occur with age and cannot be avoided. It is
important to carefully follow medical advice regarding diabetes or other
medical problems. There is some suggestion that protecting your eyes
from bright sunlight and ultraviolet light may also be helpful.
Can a cataract be dissolved by eye drops or other medication?
No medications or eye drops exist that have been proven to “dissolve” or remove a cataract.
Does a cataract cause pain?
A cataract causes no pain, infection, redness or discomfort unless
it is “mature.” A cataract affects the eye by causing dimming or
fogging of vision or requiring a change in glasses prescription.
Does use of the eyes cause cataracts?
Using your eyes will not cause cataracts to form, and keeping your eyes closed will not prevent cataracts.
Can cataract surgery always restore normal vision?
Cataract surgery will usually result in improved vision. However,
some eyes will have other problems and cataract surgery may either not
help or help only a little bit. Your doctor can usually tell if cataract
surgery will improve your vision and can advise you what to expect.
What is Advanced Cataract surgery?
Nowadays cataract surgery has become a marvel of medical
technology. Often, it is performed as outpatient procedure, under local
anaesthesia .In most cases, the incision is so small that eye heals
rapidly with little or no discomfort. In brief, with small incision
procedure a foldable IOL can be implanted to replace the ageing natural
lens in your eye.