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Which body systems are affected by cataracts?

Which body systems are affected by cataracts?

The visual system: Cataracts are a loss of clarity in the natural lens in the eye. They occur in everyone eventually and affect overall vision. Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible blindness worldwide. If cataracts are left too long, vision can be severely limited which can make daily tasks more difficult.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

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


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How are other organs systems affected by cataracts?

How are other organs systems affected by cataracts?

Generally none: A few cataracts are part of rare genetics associations and some are part of certain systemic diseaes either co associated or caused by the treatment of these diseases (such as the use of systemic steroids). But most are age related, and independent of other bodily systems and so other organs will be unaffected by either the presence of the cataracts or its treatment.

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How do cataracts affect the nervous system?

How do cataracts affect the nervous system?

Cataracts & syndrome: Cataracts do not affect the nervous system, but there are some syndromes/conditions associated with cataracts. Full list at eyedoc2020@blogspot. Com

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How common are "juvenile cataracts"? Patient is 6yo, exams since age 3 with no prior mention. Not affecting vision. No trauma, no steroid use.

How common are "juvenile cataracts"? Patient is 6yo, exams since age 3 with no prior mention. Not affecting vision. No trauma, no steroid use.

Cataracts in young: Juvenile Cataracts: prevalence of cataract in children has been estimated between 1-15/10, 000 children. Most are for unknown reasons (idiopathic).

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Please help! What happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

Please help! What happens to cataracts if you don't remove them?

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.

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What happens if you have cataracts and you don't have them removed?

What happens if you have cataracts and you don't have them removed?

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

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For centuries children and adults did ok treating cataract with home remedies. Why can't i?

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.

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Am I really more likely to get cataracts if I don’t wear sunglasses?

Am I really more likely to get cataracts if I don’t wear sunglasses?

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.

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Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?

Once cataracts are fully developed, and you are blind because you can't see through them, can they still be removed?

Yes: Blindness from cataracts is reversible by surgery presuming other eye structures (retina, optic nerve, etc.) are healthy.

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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.

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

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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?

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. Best way to know is a dilated eye exam.

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What is a cataract?

Damaged lens: When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract.

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What causes cataracts?

What causes cataracts?

Time: Most cataracts are caused by age related degeneration in the proteins in the lens of the eye. This degeneration causes the lens to lose its transparency. Cataract formation can be accelerated by trauma, steroids and other medications, diabetes, smoking, excessive ultraviolet light exposure and some other things. See your eye doctor if you suspect cataracts.

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How to cure cataracts?

How to cure cataracts?

Surgery: Cataracts are the number one cause of treatable/curable worldwide blindness. Cataract surgery, when indicated, is the treatment of choice to improve vision loss associated with the formation of a visually symptomatic cataract.

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Why did I get cataracts?

Why did I get cataracts?

Causes of Cataracts: Cataracts are most often due to or made worse by (most common first): aging, genetics predisposition, excessive sun exposure, smoking, diabetes, steroid medication, previous trauma, inflammation, infection in the eye causing inflammation; previous intraocular eye surgery; other genetic conditions; can be congenital as well. You may have some of these risk factors. Your eyemd should be able to help.

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How do cataracts develop?

Protein changes: Most common develops from natural protein changes in the lens of the eye, typically from aging and presumably long term uv exposure. It causes the lens to turn cloudy. Other causes are diabetes, steroids, and eye trauma.

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Can you reverse cataracts?

Not yet: There is no know way to reverse a cataract. A healthy diet, uv protection, control of systemic diseases such as diabetes and abstaining from smoking may slow down progression.

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