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In focus: Cataracts
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Are you living with treatable vision loss?


It’s quite common to have some form of cataracts in our senior years and it’s actually the leading cause of treatable vision loss in the UK.

Cataract is a natural clouding of the lens of the eye and forms inside the eye rather than on top.

Normally your lens is clear and helps to focus the light entering your eye, but developing cataracts leads to the lens becoming cloudy or ‘misty’.

Cataracts can affect one or both eyes and usually develops very slowly with changes to your vision most likely being minimal.

As cataracts progress, it can cause blurred and ‘misty’ vision, colour fading, being dazzled by lights like car headlamps and difficulty seeing in dim conditions.

In many of these cases vision could be improved by simply prescribing the correct glasses or undergoing cataract surgery. 

If you already wear glasses, you may feel like they are dirty and need cleaning even when they don’t.

Because cataract is a natural process which occurs gradually over time, a regular sight test is required to monitor the condition.

This doesn’t mean you have to live with it though.

If you need cataract surgery, don’t worry because it’s a quick and easy routine operation.

The operation is typically carried out as day surgery, where the cloudy lens is removed and replaced by an artificial lens.

This new, clear lens is made of plastic or silicone and it will not need to be changed for the rest of your life.

Sight deterioration is often regarded as a consequence of old age, which is an unproductive way of thinking... You visit your local GP for a general health issue, so why not do the same for your eyes?

If you’re not getting your eyes tested regularly then it’s hard to spot conditions such as cataract.

It’s important to get your eyes tested regularly to identify and monitor such conditions to help you to see better and live better.

To find out more about how our vision changes as we get older, click here.



 
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