A cataract is the progressive clouding of the crystalline lens inside the eye. The lens inside the eye works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. It also adjusts the eye's focus, letting us see things clearly both up close and far away.

 

 

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The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and let’s light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract, and over time, it may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.

Cataracts usually develop with advancing age, although in rare cases, they can be congenital (present at birth).

 

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Cataract Causes:

 

   Advancing age (most commonly)

   Family history

   Diabetes

   Prolonged exposure to sunlight

   Smoking

   Prolonged use of corticosteroid

   medications

   Previous eye injury or inflammation

   Previous eye surgery

   

 

Cataracts

 

Types of cataracts

Age-related

Congenital

Caused by illness or medicine

        Traumatic cataracts

 

 

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 Cataract symptoms include:

Cataracts can affect only one eye, or more commonly, both eyes. For people who have cataracts, seeing is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Other symptoms are:

     Blurry vision

     Light sensitivity

     Increasing difficulty with vision at

     night

     Need for brighter light for reading

     and other activities

     Seeing "halos" around lights

     Frequent changes in eyeglass or

     contact lens prescription

     Fading or yellowing of colors

     Double vision in a single eye

 

How Quickly Do Cataracts Progress?

 

The pace of cataract progression varies with each individual even eye to eyes of each one. In some cases, cataracts may take years to develop, while in other cases early-stage cataracts will never progress to a degree that requires treatment.

 

             

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