- November 18, 2015
- Posted by: emobile
- Category: Health Chat
Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens that makes it cloudy. This prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, causing some loss of vision. Since new lens cells form on the outside of the lens, all the older cells are compacted into the center of the lens resulting in the cataract.
Although, age related cataracts are the most common types of Cataracts but there are other types like congenital cataracts which are seen in babies born with cataracts as a result of an infection, injury, or poor development before they were born, or they may develop during childhood. There are other types namely secondary and traumatic cataracts which develop as a result of other medical conditions, like diabetics, or exposure to toxic substances, certain drugs (such as corticosteroids or diuretics), ultraviolet light, or radiation and injury to the eye
Other factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing cataracts include cigarette smoke, air pollution, and heavy alcohol consumption.
Vision can be corrected to an acceptable level with a change in prescription, eyeglasses, including bifocals or contacts, may be prescribed, eliminating the need for surgery at that time.
However if the vision cannot be corrected with new glasses and cataracts still interfere with your child daily life, you may not have the choice than to do cataract surgery, which involves removing the clouded lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial one.
Cataract surgery is usually conducted on an outpatient basis and is very successful in restoring vision.