A cataract is one of the most common eye diseases among adults. This eye disease occurs when the naturally clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy and your eyesight becomes hazy. Your vision eventually decreases.
The eye’s lens is a very important part of the body organ. It focuses the light entering the eyes to the retina which is located at the back of the eye so that the images that will be formed are clear and not distorted. When this lens is clouded during a cataract formation, your vision will be distorted.
Most often, a cataract gradually forms as one age but there are also instances when it develops rapidly. The cataract usually affects the vision of both eyes.
There are no concrete explanations by experts as to why cataracts develop. In researches, it appears that most cases of cataracts development are associated with alterations in the protein structure of the eye’s lens. This occurs over the years and causes the lens to grow cloudy.
Cataracts rarely occur at early childhood. Cataracts are also triggered by severe eye trauma and eye surgery.
According to a study, the number of people who will experience cataract by 2020 is estimated to increase to approximately 30.1 million. If you develop cataract, you will experience difficulty in engaging into activities that you usually enjoy doing.
Facts on Cataract surgery
• Blurred or hazy vision is an early symptom of cataract.
• Cataracts affect a great number of the human population and as one grows older, this will be more prominent.
• You will know if you have this condition after your physician examines your eye with a specialized instrument.
• The surgeon will determine if your condition requires an operation. The decision is primarily based on the level of difficulty the patient has in performing daily routines.
• The cataract operation includes removal of the patient’s cataract and implanting of artificial lens.
• Cataract patients can choose from different intraocular types of lens that will restore their vision in varied ways.
• Cataract surgery is safe and is sure to restore the vision of the patient. A serious complication related with cataract surgery is very rare.