Cataracts are common and this condition which occurs when the proteins in the lens are clumped together. These clumps scatter the light entering the lens scatters, leading to blurred vision.
Here are some interesting facts about cataracts you should know:
While most cataracts are linked with aging, it can develop at a young age as well. Some cataracts can be congenital, and children can be born with a cataract or develop on at a young age. Cataracts can also form post an eye surgery, injury or certain medical conditions. Cataracts can develop over time and can go unnoticed until your vision starts to deteriorate.
Cataracts can have different symptoms and be formed in different regions of the eye. Nuclear cataracts are formed in the center of the lens, which darkens the lens and affects their ability to see color. Also, cortical cataracts can start at the outer edges of the lens and start moving towards the center over time.
While minor cataracts do not need any treatment as they do not affect your vision. Some cataracts can simply be treated using special eyeglasses with anti-glare coating on glasses. But cataracts which can interfere with your vision might need surgery. It involves removing the lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. These surgeries are safe, and over 90 percent of the patients experience an improved vision post their surgery.
There are no proven methods for preventing cataracts or stopping their progression. However, by addressing certain risk factors and developing healthy habits can help you improve you’re the health of your eye.
Protecting your eyes from UV rays with sunglasses, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Cataracts develop over time and can affect your vision and impact your quality of life. Consult our team at Glendale Eye Medical Group to know more about cataract and how you can improve your eyesight and maintain healthy eyes.