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Cataract Awareness | Causes of Cataract

Cataract Awareness | Causes of Cataract

Did you know that cataracts are the number one cause of preventable blindness in the world?

What is a cataract?

A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. Proteins in your lens break down and cause things to look blurry, hazy, or less colourful.

Want to know more about the types, causes & treatment options for cataract? Let us educate you.

Causes of cataract!

Most cataract develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens. Some inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems can increase your risk of cataracts. Cataracts can also be caused by other eye conditions, past eye surgery or medical conditions such as diabetes.

Common Lifestyle habits may cause premature cataracts such as:

  • Exposure to UV rays of the S un, particularly ultraviolet rays
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

What is the treatment for cataract?

Surgery is the way to treat cataracts, but you may not need it right away. If you catch the problem at an early stage, you might be able to get by with a new prescription for your glasses.

An updated prescription can make your vision better for a while. Keep close tabs on how your cataracts affect the way you see. When your vision troubles start to get in the way of your daily routine, especially if they make driving dangerous, it is time to talk to your optometrist about surgery.

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