A cataract in the eye occurs when the lens, a small transparent disc inside the eye, develops cloudy patches.
A cataract can cause reduced vision and eventually blindness if left untreated and usually develops in both eyes at the same time. Many people who reach old age will develop a cataract, while some groups of people are more likely to suffer from cataracts than others, including:
Cataracts are painless and their symptoms can vary from person to person. They may include:
These symptoms do not always indicate a cataract, however, you should always visit your Optician or doctor if you’re worried.
A cataract in the eye can be treated by a routine operation. The cloudy lens is removed and replaced by a synthetic one. The operation is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure. It has a high success rate in improving your eyesight and it can take from 2 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
If you’re worried you may have acataract in your eye, you should book an appointment with your Optician or doctor at the earliest opportunity.