Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens, the part of the eye responsible for focusing light and producing clear, sharp images.

The lens is contained in a sealed bag or capsule. As old cells die they become trapped within the capsule. Over time, the cells accumulate causing the lens to cloud, making images look blurred or fuzzy.

  • For most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging.
  • People with diabetes tend to get cataracts more commonly and at a younger age.
  • Surgery for cataract is highly successful resulting in a dramatic improvement in quality of life.

Links: www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/cataracts.cfm
www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp
www.ossa.co.za/D_FP_ECond.asp

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