Cataracts: a natural part of ageing

2017-11-22 06:01
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WHAT ARE CATARACTS?

CATARACTS are the leading cause of visual loss in adults 55 years of age and older. A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside your eye.

This lens works just like the lens of a camera - focusing light images on the retina, which sends images to the brain. The human lens can become so cloudy it prevents light and images from reaching the retina.

WHO IS AT RISK FOR CATARACTS?

Cataracts can affect people of every age, race, gender and nationality.

Risk factors for cataract include old age, certain types of glaucoma, nearsightedness (myopia), diabetes, injuries to the eye, infections in pregnancy, steroid use and inflammation in the eye.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOM OF CATARACT

In the early stages of the disease there are few signs and symptoms.

A cataract can be the reason objects become blurred, bright colours become dull, or seeing at night is more difficult. It may also be why reading glasses or distance spectacles that are used to help you no longer seem to be effective.

Vision with cataracts has been described as seeing life through a cloudy film.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE CATARACTS?

If you think you may have a cataract, please see your ophthalmologist for screening.

Complete eye exams are necessary to determine if you have a cataract.

WHEN AND HOW ARE CATARACTS TREATED?

Cataract surgery can be performed as soon as your vision interferes with the quality of your life

The old misconception that cataracts need to “ripen” before they can be removed is no longer true.

Cataract removal is one of the most cost-effective and successful surgical procedures.

The operation entails making a tiny incision in the eye and inserting an instrument the size of a pen tip to break up and remove the cloudy lens.

Once the lens is removed, a cataract replacement lens is inserted through the same tiny incision and placed in a permanent position.

It usually takes 20-30 minutes or less and most patients are back to their normal activities the next day.

Dr Mahommed Ismail Motala

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon – MBChB MMed (Ophth) (UCT) FC Ophth (SA)

Lenmed Nushifa Hospital/Al Kadi Private Hospital

Email: appointments@doctormotala.com

Instagram: drmotala_eyesurgeon

Tel: 031 902 2547 (Isipingo)

031 207 6879 (Shifa)

031 492 3447 (Al-Kadi)

081 441 9560 (practice cell number)

Fax: 086 531 0956

Email: administration@doctormotala.com

appointments@doctormotala.com

Durban South physical address:

Suite 7 Medical Towers

162 Old Main Road

Isipingo, 4110

Durban Central Physical address:

Suite 101 Shifa Medical Centre

Nu-Shifa Hospital

486 Randles Road Sydenham

Durban

or

Suite 1, Second Floor

Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital

490 King Cetshwayo Highway

Mayville ,4091

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