The lens of your eye is made of transparent, flexible tissue that helps to focus light and images on your retina. When you have a cataract, it means your normally clear lens is becoming cloudy and you have trouble perceiving colour and seeing clearly.
Cataracts are a normal result of aging. But there are other factors to be aware of that can increase your chances of developing early cataracts, such as:
In some rare cases, cataracts can even affect children – a condition known as congenital cataracts. Have your infant’s eyes checked between 6 and 9 months of age.
Although there is no pain associated with cataracts, you may experience:
There currently is no proven method that prevents cataracts from forming. But Dr. Toor suggests that wearing UV-blocking lenses and implementing some lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking, can help slow down the process. If cataracts are affecting your vision and daily life, Dr. Toor can refer you to a qualified ophthalmologist for cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery is considered routine with high success rates. Your vision should return quickly and you can generally get back to your usual activities within a week or so. According to the Canadian Ophthalmological Society, 1.5 million people undergo cataract surgery every year in North America, and 95% have a successful result.
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