As we get older, the clear lens inside your eye can become cloudy or misty. This is referred to as cataracts.
It is a painless disease and your sight may not be affected. However when your vision is impaired, treatment is normally required.
You may have cataracts if you find your vision is unfocused and indistinct. Bright lights dazzle and you may experience problems moving from shaded to lit areas. If you wear spectacles you may find yourself constantly changing your prescriptions.
Should you have a mild case of cataracts you may only need to change your spectacles. However if you experience significant problems you may be referred for cataract surgery. This involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with a clear one.
Who is at risk of developing Cataracts?
Cataracts mainly develop in those aged 65 or older. Younger people can develop cataracts following an injury to the eye. Some medical conditions such as diabetes, or taking some sorts of medication such as steroids, may also cause cataracts.
Smokers are also more likely to develop cataracts than non-smokers and there may also be a link between UV rays (sunshine) and cataracts. A very small number of babies are born with a cataract.
If you think you may have Cataracts, please get in touch with us at Midlands Community Eyecare to book an appointment with an NHS registered home visiting optician in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the Worcestershire.
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