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Cataracts form when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and opaque. It develops with time and most commonly forms as part of the ageing process, but affects people in different ways

What are cataracts?

Cataracts develop as part of the normal aging process, and affect different people in different ways. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye turns cloudy. As a result, the light entering the eye is scattered and causes increasingly blurred vision.

What causes cataracts?

In addition to the normal ageing process, cataracts can also develop due to contributing factors such as:

  • Other eye diseases
  • Systemic diseases including diabetes
  • Medications
  • Hereditary factors
  • Ultraviolet light

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Cataracts present themselves through a variety of symptoms. If you’re curious whether or not you may be developing cataracts, ask yourself the following questions:  

  • Do halos around oncoming headlights bother you while driving at night?
  • Is reading a strain because the text looks blurry?
  • Are you using brighter lights for indoor activities?
  • Do colors look increasingly dull or yellow?
  • Is it becoming harder to recognize familiar faces?
  • Are you experiencing double vision, even with one eye closed? 
  • Are you frequently needing to change your glasses or contact lens prescription?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be beginning to develop cataracts.

How is it treated?

Modern cataract surgery most effective and proven way to treat cataracts. It is a safe, quick, relatively painless outpatient procedure, and is one of the most common medical procedures among persons 65 and older. Click here to learn more about surgery

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