Eliminates cataract

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens (crystalline), which is normally clear and transparent; can be compared to a window that glitters iced or "tarnished" with steam. A cataract occurs when the crystalline (the "lens" of the eye) becomes cloudy, affecting vision.

Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. When they reach 80 years of age, more than half of patients have a cataract or had undergone cataract surgery.

A cataract can occur in one or both eyes. The cataract will not spread from one eye to the other.

The most common symptoms of a cataract are:

  • Blurred or dim vision.
  • The colors look faded or yellowed.
  • Flashs. The cars lights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
  • Not seeing well during nights.
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom could disappear as the cataract grows.)
  • The size and shape of the opacity of the lens may vary. If the opacity is not near the center of the lens, chances are you will not even suspect you have a cataract.

How are cataracts treated?

You can improve the symptoms of a cataract in its early stages with new glasses, better light, anti-reflective glasses for the sun, or magnifying lenses.

If these measures do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment.

The surgery involves operating the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens (IOL).

The cataract should be operated only when vision loss interferes with daily activities such as driving, reading or watching television. You and your eye care professional can make this decision together. Once you understand the benefits and risks of surgery, you can make an informed decision about whether cataract surgery is right for you.

Sometimes it is necessary to operate even if the cataract does not cause problems in your vision. For example, a cataract should be operated if it prevents examination or treatment of another eye problem, such as macular degeneration related to age or diabetic retinopathy.