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Occurs whent here is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). Can be worsened by long-term topical steroid ...Read more
Blur: The most common symptoms of early cataracts are blurred vision, glare and sensitivity to light. If you are having any of these symptoms, see your eye doctor to determine whether cataracts are the cause. ...Read more
Depends: If the cataracts are not impairing your vision then it is recommended you wait on surgery. Cataract surgery is usually recommended by your ophthalmologist once your vision can no longer be improved with corrective lenses or if it's becoming a hazard for you to drive in spite of corrective lenses. This is a decision that is made between you and your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
Fall precautions: Cataracts cause halos/glare especially, blurry vision, loss of contrast sensitivity (decreased contrast between objects & background) & decreased vision especially in dark: Fall precautions important if cataract causing vision to be worse than 20/40; More info: firstname.lastname@example.org ...Read more
Diagnosed by exam: Each of these need extensive exam, follow-up and treatment. Books are written on each subject. ...Read more
Young cataract: Cataract can occur at any age, including congenital cataract. My youngest cataract patient was 1 week at the time of surgery. My oldest was 99 years old. Most patients are around 70, but it can definitely occur in the 50s and 60s especially for those on chronic steroids for autoimmune conditions and diabetics. ...Read more
Cataract tests: If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare (BAT: brightness acuity test) is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery soon but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; Other tests help determine significance of cataract if need: PAM Potential Acuity meter; OCT, ECC, Pentacam, Tear OSM; More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more
Night glare: Glare around street lights (like in a fog) and there is no clouded glassses, windshield etc could mean your difficulty is cataract. Occassionally, it can be caused by poorly fitted glasses, elevated eye pressure, dry eyes, fluctuations of blood sugar levels. So, more to think on than just cataracts, right? See your eye care provider so you know for sure. ...Read more
Not generally: Using a laser to perform cataract surgery is only available in very select practices and is not covered by insurance. Typical cataract surgery is performed using a small blade to make an incision in the eye and ultrasound to remove the cloudy lens. Great results are usually achieved with modern cataract surgery. ...Read more
Poor vision: Although advanced cataracts can lead to legal blindness it is revesable with surgery. Very long-standing cataracts can lead to glaucoma due to swelling or leakage of protein and the glaucoma can cause blindness, this can be averted with cataract surgery and medications if treated soon enough. This is very rare today but still occurs in under treated population. Fractured hip is associated as well. ...Read more
Not really: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double-blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: email@example.com ...Read more
Non surgical options: N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double-blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: firstname.lastname@example.org ...Read more
Delay: Sun protection has been proven to delay the time of onset of cataracts but not to prevent the development if you were going to get them anyway. Sunglasses are a useful and recommended thing to wear in the face of bright sunlight. ...Read more
Progression: Almost all cataracts except some that are congenital, will progress to the point of complete blockage of the vision over time. The rate is variable. There is a slightly higher risk to treating cataracts in more advanced stages so it is better to have them removed when the vision is functionally disturbed. ...Read more
Generally nothing: Cataracts almost never have to be removed. In certain cases of narrow angle closure glaucoma they can be removed as an effective treatment. In the case of traumatic cataracts, such as during a penetrating injury, they can incite inflammation and need to be removed. Also, for young children with large cataracts they need to be removed early to prevent irreversible blindness from amblyopia ...Read more
Not true : There are no known 'home remedies', natural supplements, or medication with any proven efficacy in treating cataracts. Currently the treatment is observation, refractive correction (glasses etc) until surgery is indicated. I'm hopeful that, in the future, non-surgical treatments will become available to this common condition. ...Read more
It depends: There are many things that have been linked to increase cataracts aging, diabetes, certain medications, smoking, trauma, and uv light exposure. Increase uv light has been showing to increase cataract formation. A more important reason to wear sunglasses is to prevent damage to the retina which captures the light we see. Cataracts can be removes, but retinas ca not be repaired once damaged. ...Read more
Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?
If you have a cataract, can it be too early to have it removed? If so, why? I have one but Dr says it's not ready. I don't understand why wait.
Cataract: when: Not all cataracts require surgery. If best vision is worse than 20/40 or glare is significantly affecting VA, most surgeons prefer to do surgery sooner but depends on pt's sx, pt's risk factors, pt's preferences; also, though no guarantees with any surgery, many patients are less dependent on glasses & even glasses free after surgery which helps many in decision process: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more
Can only old people get cataracts? I'm 25 years old, and sometimes I can't see well because my vision is cloudy or I see double. Could I have cataracts?
Anyone can get them: Cataracts are a clouding of the crystalline lens in your eye. The most common reason for cataracts to form is age, however, people can be born with them, get them from trauma, or due to medications such as steroids. Cloudy or double vision can be due to cataract, but if it is intermittent, it is more likely due to dry eye, astigmatism, or another cause. The Best way to know is a dilated eye exam. ...Read more