MEDICAL CORNER …. What are cataracts?

MEDICAL CORNER …. Cataracts!

It Is What It Is

~~April 15, 2014~~

Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens inside the eye – which is normally clear.

Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes. If they develop in both eyes, one will be more severely affected than the other. A normally clear lens allows light to pass through to the back of the eye, so that the patient can see well-defined images.

If a part of the lens becomes opaque light does not pass through easily and the patient’s vision becomes blurry – like looking through cloudy water or a fogged-up window. The more opaque (cloudier) the lens becomes, the worse the person’s vision will be.

~~There are two types of cataracts~~

Age related cataracts – they appear later in life; the most common form.

Congenital cataracts (childhood cataracts) – these may be present when the baby is born, or shortly after birth. Cataracts may also be diagnosed…

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