The first sign of a cataract
is blurred vision. A cloudy, opaque area develops
in the lens of your eye and blocks out light.
Making it harder to see. Cataract is an age related
malady. If you are over 60, you need to visit
your doctor once a year for a complete eye examination.
If you smoke the chance of having a cataract is
higher. Cataracts are also caused by prolonged
exposure to heat (X-rays for e.g.), disease, drugs
and eye injuries. Occasionally, babies are born
with it or develop it in the early years.
Double, cloudy or flimsy vision. Colour
blindness, Allergy to bright lights. Frequent
changes in spectacle prescription.
The most common type of surgery is extra capsular
cataract extraction. This involves removing the
clouded lens manually. But there is also a new
procedure where a laser beam is used to pulverize
the spoilt lens, and a new lens is implanted in
its place. Both procedures offer long-term results
and are 95% successful.