A catatact is a clouding of part of your eye called the crystaline lens. Your vision becomes blurred because the cataract is like frosted glass, interfering with your sight. It is not a layer of skin that grows over your eye. If you have been told that you have a cataract, don’t be alarmed. Many people over 60 have some cataract and the vast majority can be treated successfully. Cataracts may not affect your sight for a long time but regular checks are essential to monitor the progression.
The most common type of cataract is age-related cataract. These develop as people get older. In younger people cataracts can result from conditions such as diabetes, certain medications and other long standing eye problems. Cataracts can also be present at birth. Although researchers are learning more about cataracts, no one knows for sure what causes them. There may be several causes and some studies have linked smoking, excessive exposure to sunlight and poor diet with cataract development. Sometimes cataracts are caused by other health problems such as diabetes.
The treatment for cataract is an operation to remove the cloudy lens. However, a good diet may help to slow the growth of age-related cataract. Nowadays, with modern surgery, the operation is usually done as soon as your eyesight interferes with your daily life. This includes having any difficulties with looking after yourself or others, cooking, driving, getting out and about, being able to read, work or do the things you enjoy. At Vision Care at Home we like to know that you are getting the best out of life, so call today to make an appointment.