2017-01-26 06:01

What is a Cataract?

Cataract is a term used to describe the clouding of the natural lens of the eye.

A clouded lens can be compared to a window that is frosted or “fogged” with steam. When the lens becomes cloudy, the light reaching the retina is blurred and distorted, and your vision is affected. This clouded lens is called a cataract, and it must be removed before vision can be restored. Cataracts are not cancerous. They can be treated with a surgical procedure performed in theatre done routinely by Dr Naidoo.

Types of Cataracts

The two most common types of Cataracts are: the cortical cataract and a posterior sub capsular cataract. Depending on the type of cataract, the patients will experience different vision problems, but the most common symptoms include:

. Blurring vision

. Sensitivity to light or glare

. Double vision in one eye

. Poor night vision

. Needing brighter light to read

. Experiencing fading or yellowing of colours

If the cloudiness is not near the centre of the lens, you may not be aware that you have a cataract.

Should you experience any of these symptoms and would like to know more kindly contact Tongaat Eye Centre on 032 945 0007.
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