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what do cataracts look like?

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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Not visible in most: A cataract is a clouding of the natural intra-ocular lens. The lens is behind the iris and pupil and is not normally visible to the naked eyes. Only the most advanced cataracts, the so called, white cataracts, are readily seen as a white spot in the middle of the eye (or through the pupil).
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Wide variety: When we look through the microscope to examine a patient for cataracts, we can see several types of cataracts, all with a unique appearance. For instance, a psc cataract looks like sugar or salt crystals! some cataracts alter the clarity of the lens of the eye, and change it to a greenish-yellow color. Another type can look like bubbles in soda pop.
Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
Cataract appearance: With a slit lamp (the microscope at the ophthalmologist's) cataract is very easy to see as a clouding of the natural lens. From the patient's perspective it is a very gradually progressing film over the vision and glare from lights. Patients sometimes describe it as "looking through cheeseclothe." the term cataract means waterfall, presumably as if you're looking through a waterfall.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How do I avoid getting cataracts?

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Dr. Foster Carr
General Practice 33 years experience
Wear sunglasses.: Ultraviolet light from the sun can cause damage to the lens inside of the eye. Wearing sunglasses with uv protection can reduce your risk of developing cataracts later in life.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
also keep your blood sugar under control as cataracts are very common in diabetics and chronic use of Nasal steroids for allergies can cause problems as well; so you may want to look for alternate treatments.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

If I suspect I have cataracts when should I call the doctor?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Eye exam: Typically cataracts are not an emergency. You should have them checked out when you think your vision has diminished.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What do cataracts look like? Is it possible for someone in their twenties to get them?

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Dr. Robert Chang
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Different types: Lens that is no longer clear, commonly there are nuclear sclerotic changes, which can cause browning of the lens, cortical, posterior subcapsular opacities that build up make the lens not clear. It's possible to have a congenital cataract at an early age or have secondary cataracts due to things like trauma. It's too hard to see the cataract without a dilated slit lamp photo.
A 34-year-old member asked:

At what age do you get cataracts usually?

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Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 39 years experience
Varies : If you have certain diseases, or take Prednisone it can be even in 30s or earlier. Most patients are 60 or older, but many patients i see from africa are younger. There is also a condition, hypo Alpha protein where the patient is 40-50, and is very subtle and difficult to diagnose, but the patient is symptomatic. I have seen 15 such patients who were initially told there was nothing wron.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What do the beginning stages of a cataract look like?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Halos, glare, blurry: Cataracts cause halos/glare especially when driving at night, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background ) & decreased vision: even on; these symptoms worse with time. Cataract is leading cause of preventable blindness in world. More info: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com

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