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Overheard medical student talking with pediatrician in the hall. What is congenital cataract?

Born with it. A congenital cataract is a potentially serious condition when an infant is born with one or both eyes having a cloudy lens. We try to surgically treat these quickly to give the infant the best chance of developping normal vision. Read more...
Cataract at birth. Clouding of the lens present at birth. Need to r/o torch and other syndromes. Read more...

Is congenital cataract extraction in baby risky?

Congenital cataract. Congenital cataract surgery is difficult to perform. However pediatric ophthalmologists are experienced in this type of surgery and do a good job. If the cataract is dense it is more risky to leave it in place as this could result in amblyopia. Read more...
Congenital cataract. Cataract surgery in a baby is a very safe procedure and is necessary to allow normal visual development. See an eye doctor with expertise in congenital cataract surgery. Read more...
Sometimes. Congential Cataract (eye's lens has white color change) can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. More risky not to have surgery if cataract is severe. More info: [email protected] Read more...

Are there good natural treatments for congenital cataract?

U-V Protection. Many congenital cataracts do not progress, or progress very slowly. To help keep that progression under control, there are 2 things you can control that are study-proven. Smoking causes cataract progression, so if you smoke....One more reason to quit. We also know that ultraviolet light is a problem. So use sunglasses and hats to limit u--v exposure. Read more...
None. Congenital cataract mandates thorough investigation. It may be an isolated finding but may also be a part of multiple anomalies or a part of congenital infection. Read more...
None. Cataracts are a structural change in the natural lens of the eye frequently disturbing vision. Congenital ones are those present at birth - some minor but others larger causing disturbance of vision. For those, treatment may be advised to preserve vision. No "natural" remedies exist. See your pediatric ophthalmologist for advice. Read more...
No. There are no natural treatments at this point. If surgery is indicated then that is the only option or do nothing. Read more...
No. No medical treatment have been proven effective in slowing or reversing cataract development. Read more...
Not really. N-acetylcarnosine (NAC) in small studies showed improve vision in cataract patients. However, has not been studied in double blind, randomized, prospective way & studies paid for by company- vested interest. It is not FDA approved. Surgery only cure. Sun protection & eating a diet rich in antioxidants may help prevent worsening. More info at: [email protected] Read more...

Removing a congenital cataract difficult?

Congenital cataract. Congenital cataracts can be difficult to remove. However a pediatric ophthalmologist experienced in this type of surgery will do a good job for you. Read more...
Congenital cataracts. The surgery for congenital cataracts is more complicated than that for typical age-related cataracts. A major issue is the use of an intraocular lens (iol) which is typically inserted at the time of the cataract removal. If the surgery is done on a baby, then this iol will eventually need replacement as the child ages. Read more...
It depends. There are many types of congenital (present from birth) cataracts. Some need to be removed at a young age and some are followed into adulthood before necessitating removal. A particular type of congenital cataract known as a 'posterior polar cataract' has increased risk of complications during surgery. Chose an eye surgeon with complex cataract experience. Read more...
No: very safe. Cataract surgery (CS) is #1 cause of world blindness & most common surgery performed in world & US. Complication risk very low; best time in history to have CS. If no underlying retinal, optic nerve, brain issues, >90% achieve 20/20 vision after surgery; may still need glasses (depends on implant choice); more info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. Read more...
The same as others. Generally removal of a congenital cataracts is of the same difficulty as any other cataract. Rarely, in these types of cataracts there are adhesions, capsular fibrotic connecttions and zonular problems which make the removal more difficult. These circumstances are usually detectable on the pre-operative examination and the patient can be advised about the possible results. Read more...

What sort of disease is a congenital cataract?

Born with it. In rare circumstances, infants are born with cataracts and the causes are varied. It can be a genetic problem with eye development, or due to some exposure to various medications in the womb. This is a very serious condition and needs prompt attention from a pediatric ophthalmologist who can advise and treat. Read more...
Congenital. When the lens (which is usually clear at birth) is cloudy (all or part). Read more...

Is a congenital cataract considered a disability?

Very early... ...Corrective surgery can produce near-normal vision while a delay can produce amblyopia and functional blindness. Read more...
Not necessarily. Not all congenital cataracts require surgery or are considered disability: depends on vision & field of vision, amblyopia/lazy eye, etc. More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com. Read more...

How dangerous is it to remove a congenital cataract?

Depends . It depends on the age of the patient. If its a child then it needs pediatric ophthalmologist who does cataract surgery. If its adult an experience cataract surgeon should be able to take care of it safely. Sometime depends on the kind of cataract, the surgery can be challenging but it could be done. Read more...
Congential Cataract. Congential Cataract can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. Every surgery has its risks & benefits. But the benefits of surgery outweigh risks as a lazy eye is permanent in most cases. More info at: eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Congenital cataract?

Cataract. Density or opacity in the lens, age related in the elderly or often infection related in infants (from infection in the mother). Read more...

Is removing a congenital cataract when you are an adult worth it?

Depends. If your vision declines from its baseline, this may be related to your cataract. It is common for non or mildly symptomatic congenital cataracts to progress in early adulthood. Cataract surgery can be of benefit at that point. Read more...
Sometimes YES. Congenital Cataract can cause amblyopia/lazy eye: occurs when eye does not have visual input to the brain for the connection to develop. If told have severe amblyopia, it is unlikely for a cataract surgery to give 20/20. But there are Pts who were told they had a lazy eye & had significantly improved VA after cataract surgery. More info: eyedoc2020.Blogspot. Read more...
Depends. Was this a unilateral cataract so the vision is permanently down in that eye (amblyopia)? Or is this a polar cataract with generally good vision? Or has your congenital cataract started to grow and is now obstructing the vision? You need an evaluation by an ophthalmologist to make these distinctions to see if removal would be beneficial. Read more...