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What do cataracts look like?

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Dr. Val Zudans
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Cataract appearance

With a slit lamp (the microscope at the ophthalmologist's) cataract is very easy to see as a clouding of the natural lens.
From the patient's perspective it is a very gradually progressing film over the vision and glare from lights. Patients sometimes describe it as "looking through cheeseclothe." the term cataract means waterfall, presumably as if you're looking through a waterfall.

In brief: Cataract appearance

With a slit lamp (the microscope at the ophthalmologist's) cataract is very easy to see as a clouding of the natural lens.
From the patient's perspective it is a very gradually progressing film over the vision and glare from lights. Patients sometimes describe it as "looking through cheeseclothe." the term cataract means waterfall, presumably as if you're looking through a waterfall.
Dr. Val Zudans
Dr. Val Zudans
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Wide variety

When we look through the microscope to examine a patient for cataracts, we can see several types of cataracts, all with a unique appearance.
For instance, a psc cataract looks like sugar or salt crystals! some cataracts alter the clarity of the lens of the eye, and change it to a greenish-yellow color. Another type can look like bubbles in soda pop.

In brief: Wide variety

When we look through the microscope to examine a patient for cataracts, we can see several types of cataracts, all with a unique appearance.
For instance, a psc cataract looks like sugar or salt crystals! some cataracts alter the clarity of the lens of the eye, and change it to a greenish-yellow color. Another type can look like bubbles in soda pop.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology

In brief: Cataracts

Cataract cause: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding/opacity of lens (cortical, nuclear, PSC types can be seen under microscope): can be due to: infection/ inflammation from birth/congential (ie, rubella), old age (senile)/genetics, steroid use, trauma (causes acute change), poor diet; smoking, Diabetes increases risk.
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In brief: Cataracts

Cataract cause: Cataract occur from change in lens proteins which cause whitening/clouding/opacity of lens (cortical, nuclear, PSC types can be seen under microscope): can be due to: infection/ inflammation from birth/congential (ie, rubella), old age (senile)/genetics, steroid use, trauma (causes acute change), poor diet; smoking, Diabetes increases risk.
eyedoc2020@blogspot.com more info.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Dr. Tal Raviv
Ophthalmology

In brief: Not visible in most

A cataract is a clouding of the natural intra-ocular lens.
The lens is behind the iris and pupil and is not normally visible to the naked eyes. Only the most advanced cataracts, the so called, white cataracts, are readily seen as a white spot in the middle of the eye (or through the pupil).

In brief: Not visible in most

A cataract is a clouding of the natural intra-ocular lens.
The lens is behind the iris and pupil and is not normally visible to the naked eyes. Only the most advanced cataracts, the so called, white cataracts, are readily seen as a white spot in the middle of the eye (or through the pupil).
Dr. Tal Raviv
Dr. Tal Raviv
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