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Doctor insights on: Cataract Eye Health

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract 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). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more


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What are symptoms of cataracts of the eye?

What are symptoms of cataracts of the eye?

Cloudy vision: Progression is usually slow, over months or even years. Increasing cloudiness, decreased sharpness of vision and glare are typical. ...Read more

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Are there any eye drops to treat cataracts?

Are there any eye drops to treat cataracts?

No: There has been a lot of research in this area but no drop has been proven effective. ...Read more

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Do cataracts cause pain in eyes and headaches?

Usually not: Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but they are generally painless and rarely cause headaches. Severe cataract can occasionally lead to elevated pressure in the eye and pain, as well as significantly diminished vision. Headaches may arise from straining to see through the cataracts, but it is not common. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are cataracts in the eye serious?

Can you tell me, are cataracts in the eye serious?

Cataract: common: The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like a "pillow in a pillowcase". As we age, lens can get cloudy/white & affect VA. If significant, or worsening or causing narrow angles, surgery may be indicated. Cataract is the number 1 cause of preventable blindness in the world. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in the world & in US. More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com ...Read more

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Are cataracts and eye squints genetically inherited?

Sometimes: Genetically inherited conditions are seen in children and may include cataract formation and "squints." squints are reactions to poor focus or cloudiness and thus, if the underlying cause are cataracts or strabismus there may indeed be a genetic component. Cataracts and squints in children must be addressed quickly to reduce the possibility of amblyopia or "lazy eye.". ...Read more

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Do I have to wear an eye patch after having a cataract removed?

Do I have to wear an eye patch after having a cataract removed?

Depends: It depends on what anesthesia your eye md uses. If a needle is used to numb up the eye, then you will receive an eye patch to wear until the day after surgery. If you have eye drops to numb op the eye, then you might have a shield to cover the eye, but usually no eye patch. You should ask your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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Eye Health (Definition)

Eye health involves the function and vision of the eye and all ...Read more