CATARACTS

A cataract is a cloudy patch that develops on the lens of the eye, called the crystalline lens,
leading to blurry, cloudy and misty vision.
Cataracts are most common in older people.

RISK FACTORS

Taking good care of your eyes may help prevent the onset of cataracts in old age.

Risk factors include:
 

A history of the condition in the family

Smoking

Over-exposing eyes to UV rays

Regularly drinking too much alcohol

Diabetes

Eye surgery

Long-term use of corticosteroid medication

SYMPTOMS

Cataracts appear as a cloudy, blue-grey patch that forms on the lens of the eye. In people with cataracts, vision gradually becomes blurry, cloudy or misty. They may find it more difficult to see at night, their sight may start to take on a yellow or brown tinge, and they may develop double vision or experience a halo effect.

MANAGING CATARACTS

Your environment is key: working or reading in brighter light will help you see more clearly.. Over time, your condition will get worse and eventually, surgery may be required to replace the lens with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is very common and is the only solution to cataracts.

You can protect your eyes today to prevent the onset of cataracts.

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