What is a Cataract?

Cataract Surgery

As we get older, the lens of our eye can start to harden. This happens due to the clustering of proteins in the interior lens. This clustering of proteins turns the lens into a brownish colour, while causes your vision to become blurry.

This can be similar to looking through a foggy window. If this sounds familiar at all, then you could possibly have a cataract. Cataracts are more common as we age, which makes normal activities difficult or even impossible to do as it affects your entire vision.

Cataracts can sometimes be caused by severe trauma to the eye, as well as many other factors, including old age. The only way you can regain your vision is through cataract surgery.

Before a cataract starts to make your vision weaker, we highly recommend getting your cataract surgery done. We’re able to remove your foggy lens your experiencing by offering you a premium intraocular lens (IOLs).

There are 3 different kinds of cataracts:

Nuclear cataracts are associated with ageing. A nuclear cataract starts deep in the central zones of your lens and lens can turn yellow in colour. Nuclear cataracts can occur in either eye or both and affect distance vision.

Subcapsular cataracts develop at the back of your lens right in the path of light. They’re mostly seen with patients who have diabetes.
A subcapsular cataract often will interfere with activities such as reading and reduces vision in bright light and can also cause glares or halos around lights when its dark.

Cortical cataracts begins as a whitish, wedge-shaped opacities or streaks on the outer edge of the lens cortex and moves inwards towards the centre. When it does, it interferes with light passing through the centre of the lens. This is most commonly found among diabetic patients.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • A loss of color, detail or sharpness to your vision
  • Blurred, Cloudy or dim vision
  • Difficulty with night vision, especially while driving
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Glare or halos around lights
  • Colors aren’t as bright
  • Double vision

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