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What is a cataract?

16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Damaged lens

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

In brief: Damaged lens

When the natural lens of your eye opacify through time and aging and damage from uv, we then call it a cataract.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Change in lens

The most common cause of cataract is aging of natural clear crystalline lens that becomes opacity with time.
There are other causes of cataract: smoking, trauma, diabetics, medications specially steroid, genetic(congenital cataract), uv and poor diet.

In brief: Change in lens

The most common cause of cataract is aging of natural clear crystalline lens that becomes opacity with time.
There are other causes of cataract: smoking, trauma, diabetics, medications specially steroid, genetic(congenital cataract), uv and poor diet.
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
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Dr. Christopher Hood
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Cloudy lens

A cataract is a cloudy natural lens of the eye.
The clouding can occur in different patterns.

In brief: Cloudy lens

A cataract is a cloudy natural lens of the eye.
The clouding can occur in different patterns.
Dr. Christopher Hood
Dr. Christopher Hood
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Clouding of the lens

Cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque.
Treatment is indicated if it is affecting your ability to see and perform normal activities of daily living. The clouding usually starts in the late 50's and surgery is usually indicated in the late 60's - 70 years of age.

In brief: Clouding of the lens

Cataract is when the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy or opaque.
Treatment is indicated if it is affecting your ability to see and perform normal activities of daily living. The clouding usually starts in the late 50's and surgery is usually indicated in the late 60's - 70 years of age.
Dr. Michael Ham
Dr. Michael Ham
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cloudy lens

If your eye is like a camera, it's a dirty camera lens that can be cleaned by surgical removal and replacement.

In brief: Cloudy lens

If your eye is like a camera, it's a dirty camera lens that can be cleaned by surgical removal and replacement.
Dr. Robert Chang
Dr. Robert Chang
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lens opacity

Any change in the transparency of the natural lens is called a cataract.
Some are minor and do not affect the vision. Others are progressive and will diminish the vision. They are most common with age but can be associated with some disease conditions and eye or systemic treatments. Most can be removed to improve the vision in those with advancement of the opacity.

In brief: Lens opacity

Any change in the transparency of the natural lens is called a cataract.
Some are minor and do not affect the vision. Others are progressive and will diminish the vision. They are most common with age but can be associated with some disease conditions and eye or systemic treatments. Most can be removed to improve the vision in those with advancement of the opacity.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: What is Cataract

The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like "pillow in a pillowcase.
" Lens can get cloudy/white=Cataract & can affect VA. If significant or causing narrow angles, surgery may be indicated. Cataract is # 1 cause of preventable blindness in world. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in world & US. Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com

In brief: What is Cataract

The lens: usually clear, behind iris & like "pillow in a pillowcase.
" Lens can get cloudy/white=Cataract & can affect VA. If significant or causing narrow angles, surgery may be indicated. Cataract is # 1 cause of preventable blindness in world. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in world & US. Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not damage...

Just loss of clarity of the lens.
And easily fixed through a simple surgery.

In brief: Not damage...

Just loss of clarity of the lens.
And easily fixed through a simple surgery.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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