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Cataract (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), smoking, and eye injury.


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What is the definition or description of: cataract surgery?

What is the definition or description of: cataract surgery?

Lens surgery: Cataract surgery is the surgical procedure performed when the natural lens in the eye becomes opaque affecting vision. The cloudy lens is removed surgically and replaced with an artificial intra-ocular lens (iol). ...Read more

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Cataract (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should normally be clear. Cataracts are usually painless and develop slowly, causing a gradual worsening of vision. Cataracts will affect the vision of most individuals by the time they are at the age of 75, but risk factors speeding up their development include diabetes, too much exposure to UV light (sunlight), smoking, and eye injury.


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How long does cataract surgery take?

How long does cataract surgery take?

20-35 minutes: Most cataract surgery in the absence of complications or pre-existing problems like trauma or congenital problems - most will take 20-35 minutes. ...Read more

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Vegetarian Diet (Tip)

Vegetarian Diet

Vegetarians are at lower risk of cataracts than meat eaters. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of cataract early on?

What are the symptoms of cataract early on?

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

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After the first sign of cataracts, when should you have them removed?

After the first sign of cataracts, when should you have them removed?

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

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Vegetarian Diet (Tip)

Vegetarian Diet

In addition to lower rates of diabetes, vegetarians are at lower risk of cataracts than meat eaters. ...See more

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I was wondering what are the nursing interventions and diagnosis for cataracts?

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: eyedoc2020@blogspot.com ...Read more

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How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

How does an eye doctor treat and diagnose someone with cataracts, glaucoma, or detached retina?

Diagnosed by exam: Each of these need extensive exam, follow-up and treatment. Books are written on each subject. ...Read more

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Preventing Prostate Cancer

If you have cataracts, tell your eye doctor if you take prostate medications before surgery. ...See more

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I think I have a cataract! im only 60?

I think I have a cataract! im only 60?

Natural aging: Cataract developes as we age. Most people developes cataract after the age of 50 which is early and asymptomatic. It becomes symptomtic with advancement of age. Cataract can develope at any age from an eye trauma. Premature cataract can develope from steroid use, certain systemic health problems and smoking. Cataract surgery can fix it. ...Read more

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