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Causes of Cataract

January 30, 2018 -

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Cataract concept. Senior woman's eye, closeup

As we age, the topic of cataract becomes more and more talked about in our circles. “Few of my friends have had cataract surgeries. What is cataract? Will I get it too?” This post answers these questions for you. Take a look at the post and get updated on the Causes of cataract.

What is cataract?

Cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye, that causes blurry or unclear vision. The eye’s lens is very much like the camera’s lens. It captures light from the surroundings and focuses the captured light onto the retina. This is how we get our vision. The lens adjusts the focus of the eye according to the distance of the things.

Normally, cataracts are associated with aging, but there are various other reasons for the occurrence of cataracts, such as:

  • Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight and other sources
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • High alcohol consumption
  • High myopia
  • Family history

There are no conclusive proofs as to why cataracts occur as we age, but studies are still being conducted to find the connection between aging and cataract.

CATARACT MYTHS VS. FACTS

MYTH: Eye drops can prevent or dissolve cataracts.
FACT: There are no approved drugs or drops to cure or prevent cataracts.

MYTH: Close-up tasks like reading or sewing make cataracts worse.
FACT: No, cataracts don’t worsen by such activities. However, it becomes more noticeable while doing such activities.

MYTH: Cataracts are reversible.
FACT: No. The lens naturally clouds as it ages. It cannot be reversed. However, its progress can be slowed by quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet and wearing sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection.

MYTH: Cataract surgery is dangerous, and recovery takes months.
FACT: Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most perfected surgeries in the medical field. Cataract surgeries carry a high success percentage of 95%. Cataract patients often notice vision improvement immediately following surgery

MYTH: Cataracts “grow back.”
FACT: No. Cataracts are not ‘growths’ on top of the eye. However, there are chances to develop a different, secondary cataract.

Now that you are familiar with what cataract is, you may stop worrying about it. Cataract surgery is a simple, relatively painless procedure to regain vision. People of Chennai! Get the best eye care services and state of the art facilities at RK Eye Centre. The best place to get the best and affordable treatment. Why go anywhere else?

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