Clouds Are Not Always Good: What You Need To Know About Cataracts?

August 15, 2016 Off By Mellisa

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Have you noticed some cloud-like formations in your eyes? Do you experience blurring of vision? If you do, then you might be having a vision problem now. You must seek an eye specialist because you might probably have cataracts already.


What Is It?

It is a vision problem in which the lens of the eye appears cloudy. Though it does not spread from one eye to another, it can either affect single or both eyes. Commonly, it affects the older people. As a person ages, the risk of having one increases too.


What Are the Causes?

The lens is responsible of the focusing and adjusting of light so you would be able to see things clearly both near and far distances. It contains water and protein that are arranged in a specific way wherein the light could pass through. However, as you age, the proteins might accumulate causing a cloud-like formation to your lens. As the size increases, the more difficult it is for you to see.


Who Are At Risk?

These people are more likely to acquire it:

–           Persons with diabetes

–           Unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking and alcohol use

–           Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays


What Are the Signs and Symptoms?

When you experience the following, there is a high possibility that you are positive of it:

–           Blurring of vision

–           Seeing glare and halos

–           Difficulty seeing at night

–           Colors appear faded

–           Double vision


Is There a Cure?

Yes, there is a cure. Early symptoms may still be resolved by wearing anti-glare glasses or corrective lenses and using brighter lighting. However, there are instances when these measures are not helpful anymore. As the problem intensifies, there is a greater need for you to consult an eye doctor or an ophthalmologist.


They will most probably suggest for a surgical removal of your cataracts. It involves the replacement of the cloudy lens with artificial ones. Most eye centres are now offering this procedure. This is the most common operation done in the USA and is also known as one of the most effective and safest procedures.


Though there is a guarantee that your surgery will become successful, you still need to have the initiative to know the health risks or changes that it may cause you.


What Are the Risks?

After surgery, you have a high chance of having retinal detachment, myopia or nearsightedness, and eye infection. Therefore, it is highly essential to comply with your post-surgical visits during your recovery period.


How to Prevent it?


Here are some tips on how to protect your eyes:

–           Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays.

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–           Stop smoking.

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–           Eat fruits and green leafy vegetables.

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–           If you are 60 years old and above, have a regular eye check-up.

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Eyes make you a witness to the world. Without it, you won’t be able to appreciate the physical beauty around you. Protect your eyes. Take care of it like how you take care of your life.