What are Cataracts ?
What is a Cataract?
A cataract is the clouding of the lens in your eye and will cause the eyesight to
become cloudy and misty. Cataracts can be treated by surgery which removes the
cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens.
Unfortunately, developing cataracts can be associated with the effects of ageing and
many people begin to develop cataracts after the age of 65. There are however
some people in the forties and fifties who begin to see the onset of symptoms.
Have you noticed that your glasses look like they need cleaning more often? Are
colours beginning to look more washed out than usual or are you struggling with the
glare from bright sunlight or car headlamps? Cataracts tend to develop slowly so
visits our optometrists regularly can detect any changes or the development of
You may be more likely to develop cataracts if you have:
● – people who have diabetes often develop cataracts earlier.
●Trauma – having an eye injury can cause the injured eye to develop a
●Medications – some prescription drugs can cause cataracts, for example
●Eye surgery – surgery for a retinal problem will likely lead to cataracts in the
affected eye at some point in the future.
●Eye conditions – other eye conditions, such as ,
or , may also cause cataracts.
●Having (being very short sighted) may cause cataracts.
●People who have learning disabilities are more likely to develop cataracts.
Most cataracts are dealt with using the same type of surgery. Children can also have
cataracts (known as ) however, these are dealt with
in a different way.