Shore Sight Opticians
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Cataracts affect the lens inside the eye, turning it from clear to milky-white, normally over a period of time.
Why do cataracts occur?
The main cause is age. However, smoking and exposure to sunlight have been linked to getting cataracts.
Younger people can develop cataracts if they have an injury to the eye. Some medical conditions including diabetes or taking some sorts of medication may also cause cataracts. A very small number of babies are born with a cataract.
Will cataracts affect my vision?
Many people with a cataract notice that they need the prescription for their glasses changing. If you are long-sighted, you may even notice that you need your glasses less than you did before you had the cataract! You may notice that your vision is less clear and distinct. Car headlights and streetlights can become dazzling. You may experience difficulties moving from shade to sunlit areas. Colours may look different too and become faded or yellowed. If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see us.
Can I prevent cataracts?
The best advice to try and prevent cataracts, or to stop them getting worse, is to not smoke and to wear good-quality sunglasses with full UV protection.
If your cataract is affecting your day-to-day life and we can't improve your vision enough by changing your glasses, you can ask us to refer you to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) for surgery. This involves removing the cloudy lens (the cataract) and replacing it with a clear plastic one.
This procedure is carried out at the hospital, usually under local anaesthetic in day surgery – normally taking around 15-20 minutes.
Cataract gradually causes a general haze over your vision.
Cataract turns the eye's lens from clear to milky white. Photo courtesy of Rakesh Ahuja, MD.
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