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What is a cataract?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Cloudy lens: If your eye is like a camera, it's a dirty camera lens that can be cleaned by surgical removal and replacement.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Damaged lens: When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
Cloudy lens: A cataract is a cloudy natural lens of the eye. The clouding can occur in different patterns.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Clouding of the lens: Cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque. Treatment is indicated if it is affecting your ability to see and perform normal activities of daily living. The clouding usually starts in the late 50's and surgery is usually indicated in the late 60's - 70 years of age.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Not damage...: Just loss of clarity of the lens. And easily fixed through a simple surgery.
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Change in lens: The most common cause of cataract is aging of natural clear crystalline lens that becomes opacity with time. There are other causes of cataract: smoking, trauma, diabetics, medications specially steroid, genetic(congenital cataract), uv and poor diet.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
What is Cataract: The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like "pillow in a pillowcase." Lens can get cloudy/white=Cataract & can affect VA. If significant or causing narrow angles, surgery may be indicated. Cataract is # 1 cause of preventable blindness in world. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in world & US. Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Lens opacity: Any change in the transparency of the natural lens is called a cataract. Some are minor and do not affect the vision. Others are progressive and will diminish the vision. They are most common with age but can be associated with some disease conditions and eye or systemic treatments. Most can be removed to improve the vision in those with advancement of the opacity.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Poor vision: Depends on density and type of cataract but often: decreased vision, dim, cloudy, hazy, blurry, smudged, loss of sharp edges, glare from lights, haloes around lights, loss of color, difficulty seeing at night, more nearsightedness, can't do regular activities because of vision, etc.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can cataracts be treated?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Surgery: The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a plastic lens implant. The replacement lens sits in the same place as your natural lens and becomes part of your eye.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do cataracts develop?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Aging: Cataracts are a natural process of the lens fibers/proteins continuing to be produced but not removed, eventually leading to disorganization and thus disruption of light rays. This process can be accelerated by factors such as uv light and trauma or steroids. Everyone eventually gets cataracts -- it just depends on whether they are visually significant to the patient based on their visual needs.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why do I have cataracts if I am only seventeen?

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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology 15 years experience
See Below: It is unusual for young people to have cataracts, however, very possible. There are many reasons someone can have a cataract at age 17. I suggest asking your ophthalmologist what might the cause of your specific cataracts, but causes in young people can include trauma, uncontrolled diabetes, medical steroid use, genetic and many others.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for cataracts?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Age..: Aging is the primary risk factor for cataracts, but other factors are also involved: gender women >men, +family history, race african america twice caucasian, diabetes, obesity, steroid treatment, smoking, alcohol use, exposure to sunlight and other environmental factors like lead or x-ray exposure.

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