What is a cataract?
A cataract develops when the natural crystalline lens inside
the eye becomes cloudy. It commonly develops in people over
the age of 55 years and is considered a normal part of the
aging process. Rarely some people can be born with cataracts
or develop them before that age. Many patients who develop
cataracts have otherwise healthy eyes and removing the cataract
will restore their previously good vision.
How do I know if I have a cataract?
Patients with cataract usually find that their vision gradually
becomes cloudy and blurred. They may also find that they experience
glare when they are outside or looking at car headlights,
which makes it difficult to see properly. Occasionally patients
complain of seeing multiple images. Sometimes patients find
that they need to change their glasses frequently. Cataracts
are not painful.
The only effective treatment for cataracts is to operate to
remove them. The modern technique for removing a cataract
is called phacoemulsification surgery.
How is Cataract surgery?.