Unless you have experienced them first hand or have a loved one who has experienced cataracts, the likelihood is that you don't know too much about cataracts and what they are. Let alone the treatment available for them.
A cataract is clouding of the lens. Your vision can become blurred due to this cloudiness that the cataract causes at the back of your eye(s).
What is the lens?
The lens is part of the eye that is located behind the iris. The lens on the eye actually bend light rays so that your retina is given a clear image. If you lens is damaged in anyway, it can affect your vision and how you see.
What causes a cataract?
Although cataracts can form at any age, we find that cataracts generally form as we age. If a younger person has a cataract(s), this can be due to hereditary reasons, from an injury, certain drugs or illness such as diabetes.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
Whilst there are many symptoms associated with cataracts, you may notice that your vision is affected and this is one of the earlier symptoms. For example when you look at things, it may be a similar experience as if you were looking through dirty glasses or you may notice that your vision isn't as sharp and maybe a bit blurred.
Noticing that your vision suffers in bright light could also be a sign of a cataract forming. As the cataract develops, it becomes yellow and therefore can give things you see a more yellow tinge.
Diagnosis of cataract
It's extremely important that you maintain regular eye checks with your optician or optometrist. They are best equipped to spot cataracts forming in the eye and early diagnosis is best for treatment.
Treatment of cataracts
Please don't panic or worry if you have recently been diagnosed with a cataract. There are some fantastic treatments available to you and with the right support from your GP, you can get assessed and your treatment options will be discussed with you.
There is a very effective treatment available which can remove the cloudy lens. This is a small operation. Once the cloudy lens has been removed in the operation, a plastic lens can be fitted. If for whatever reason, a plastic lens isn't suitable for you or your eye, then you will be prescribed contact lenses or glasses instead.
If you do have an operation to remove the cloudy lens, this is usually performed with local anaesthetic. The operation usually takes about 1 hour.
Recovery in general can take a few months but you should notice improvements to your sight within a few days of the operation.
After your cataract operation, it's extremely important that you protect your eyes from the suns rays and glare. This is due to the lens lacking protection from the sun.
Although sunglasses can offer some protection, they won't be able to offer protection to the side or the top of your eyes. We would recommend you look at our Anti-glare and contrast enhancement range to offer full protection post operation.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one who may have issues with their vision or are experiencing sight loss, we recommend you visiting your GP or optician in the first instance.
7/2/2018 07:30:27 am
It got my attention when you said that scheduling regular checkups with an eye doctor will ensure that the earliest signs of cataract will be detected and the proper preventative measure can be taken. I just wish I was able to see that earlier because now, I have a feeling that my left eye is developing a cataract. Well anyway, I can't say for sure yet that I have the disease. I need to consult a professional first to confirm my assumption. Thank you for sharing. I will surely follow your tips from now on.
20/3/2018 06:22:33 am
It was helpful when you said that cataracts will make the eyes sensitive to light and once it is forming, the vision also changes giving the things a person sees a yellowish tinge. I remember my brother saying that he is seeing yellow, but I did not take his words seriously. If only I knew then that it's a sign of cataracts, I would have brought him to the eye care professional right away. Hopefully, it's not too late now. Thanks!
9/7/2018 08:42:54 pm
Thanks for talking about cataracts and what causes them. I had no idea that you could have cataracts removed and have your lenses replace by a doctor. In my opinion, your vision is one of your most important senses in our world today and you should get those fixed right away.
11/7/2018 01:33:34 am
Thank you for mentioning the importance of regular checkups because they are the ones that are well equipped for diagnosing whether the person has cataracts or not. I will start looking for an optometrist as soon as I can then since I have been experiencing some symptoms related to cataract development. Since I have no way of really determining if I have it, I need someone who can examine my eyes.
26/7/2018 03:24:11 am
My sister was diagnosed with cataract and she was advised to undergo surgery. It was explained here that after the operation, she should take care of her eyes and have anti-glare glasses. Furthermore, it's advisable to go to trusted opticians for a successful cataract surgery.
17/9/2018 08:02:53 pm
I appreciate your advice to have regular visits with your optician or optometrist so that you can spot the signs early on. My mom has always stressed how important it is to visit our optometrist every year. I know that our family has a history of eye health problems so this is definitely something that we'll have to look out for. Thank you for bringing this up!
11/2/2019 11:59:54 pm
Oh wow! I find it interesting that you mentioned that one way to cure a person with cataracts is to get them fitted with a plastic lens after removing the cloudy lens during surgery. When you said that, it reminded me of my uncle, who told me that he sees as if he was wearing shades on all the time. With that, I will find an eye clinic with IOL premium implants for him so that he can get his sight back.
5/3/2019 02:35:51 pm
Thank you for explaining that if a younger person has cataracts it can be due to hereditary reasons or even diabetes. I never would have thought that this would be the reason for a younger person having cataracts. It makes me curious about how often this happens in younger people.
Thank you for letting me know that cataracts can most likely occur as we age and people with diabetes are more prone to it. My mother is suffering from diabetes, and she keeps on saying that she is having blurry vision. I'll ask her to get an eye exam for cataracts. It's always best to anticipate and be ready.
12/6/2019 07:32:14 pm
My grandfather has cataracts and refuses to see an eye doctor; arguing he can see just fine. I appreciate your comment about how an operation is a way to completely gaining vision back from cataracts. It would be a good idea to talk to a surgeon that specializes in cataract surgery as soon as possible.
5/11/2019 05:29:28 pm
Thanks for explaining why it's so important to protect our eyes from the sun after having an operation for cataracts. Yesterday I found out that my mom needs to have eye cataract surgery soon. I want to help her with her treatment and recovery however I can, so I'm glad I read your article and learned some important things to avoid during the recovery process.
24/1/2020 07:20:30 pm
It was really helpful when you said that a sign could be blurred vision, and seeing things with a yellow tinge. I was on the phone with my mom last night and she was telling me about how her eyesight has become more blurry in the past couple of years, and she didn't know what the problem could be. I'll make sure to pass this information along to her so she can look into getting tested for cataracts.
12/2/2020 07:34:13 pm
Thanks for mentioning that you may have cataracts if you notice that your eyes are sensitive to light. Whenever I drive at night, I notice that I have to close my eyes if I stare at another driver's headlights for too long, and I am worried that my vision will prevent me from driving home from work soon. Maybe I should seek treatment so that I can continue to drive at night.
1/6/2020 01:04:00 pm
It's good to know that there are a lot of treatment options available if I were to be diagnosed with cataracts. I've been experiencing a blurry vision out of nowhere even if I'm not feeling tired, so I'm worried that I might be having the first signs of cataracts without me knowing. It might be a good idea to consult an eye expert and undergo the needed exams to see if I really have it and what can I do about it.
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18/11/2020 05:24:32 am
You make an excellent point that it is important for us to schedule annual check-ups to monitor any cataract development. The other day my wife mentioned that her vision was getting blurry. I will encourage her to seek medical advise to know her eye health.
12/2/2021 09:50:59 pm
It really helped when you talked about how if you suffer from bright lighting, it might be a sign of cataract development. My family is worried about my grandmother's eyesight. She's been having trouble focusing her sight on things she used to see clearly, so I'm researching possible diseases. After reading your piece, I think she might be suffering from a cataract developing in her right eye. I'm grateful for your information about cataracts and how to treat them.
18/1/2022 03:07:13 pm
I never knew that cataract is a severe eye condition that causes blurry vision and worsens over time. I saw ads that offer cataract surgery, and I wanted to understand why they're needed. I'll be sure to keep this in mind if something similar happens to me.
13/2/2022 09:48:33 am
Nice post! The content provides a detailed knowledge and good understanding about the cataract. Thanks for sharing such valuable blog.
9/5/2022 05:22:25 pm
I thought it was informative when you talked about how cataracts can form at any age. Since cataracts can form at any age, it seems like it would be a good idea to see an optometrist at least twice a year. Visiting an eye doctor often seems like the best way to prevent your eyes from developing unwanted health conditions.
25/10/2022 12:23:24 am
Great tip about making sure you get regular eye checks. My left eye is getting a little blurry. I'll have to schedule and eye test.
29/11/2022 06:53:40 pm
It was very helpful when you said that seeing a yellow tinge could be a symptom. My grandma was at my house last night for dinner, and she talked about how she has noticed a yellow tinge in her vision, so she was wondering what the issue could be. I'll pass this information along to her so she can look into seeing an eye doctor about cataracts.
15/12/2022 03:56:44 pm
Thank you for pointing out that experiencing visual problems in strong light could also be a symptom of a cataract developing. My grandfather regrets the fact that he believes the light in his home hurts his eyes. I'll take him to a professional to have the cataract surgery done.
9/2/2023 05:55:16 am
A cataract develops when the lens in your eye, which is normally clear, becomes foggy. When a cataract clouds over the lens, your eye can’t focus light in the same way. This leads to blurry vision or trouble seeing. This can be fixed only by removing cataracts and replacing it with an artificial lens.
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20/3/2023 11:36:19 am
It helped when you mentioned that the lens is found behind the iris. My friend told me that his vision is becoming poor. I should advise him to visit a clinic that specializes in eye exams.
5/5/2023 09:30:28 am
Treatment is most effective when diagnosed and treated early. Cataracts can develop at any age, especially if the cause is hereditary. Make an appointment for an eye exam every year. -Aris Vision CDMX https://arisvisionmexico.com/
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