Cataracts can diminish one's vision, transforming clear sights into blurred and indistinct images. This condition, characterised by the formation of cloudy patches on the eye's lens, is prevalent among older adults and demands attention for better eye health.

Identifying Cataracts: What Are The Symptoms?

Initially, cataracts might be subtle and unnoticeable. However, as the eye's lens becomes progressively clouded, several symptoms can manifest:

  • Blurry vision that often deteriorates.
  • Struggles with vision during the night.
  • An increasing dependency on light for reading and other tasks.
  • The scattering of light, causing visual disturbances.
  • A heightened sensitivity to glaring or bright lights.
  • Constantly updating eyewear prescriptions due to increasing nearsightedness.
  • Distorted colour perception, leading to faded or yellowish images.
  • Experiencing double vision.

Keeping Cataracts At Bay: Preventive Measures

Adopting certain habits can significantly mitigate the risk of developing or worsening cataracts:

  • Schedule and adhere to regular eye examinations as advised by your ophthalmologist.
  • Consult your healthcare provider consistently, ensuring that chronic ailments are well-managed with prescribed medications.
  • Shield your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays with sunglasses and avoid direct sun exposure.
  • Maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.
  • Refrain from smoking.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Take precautions to prevent eye injuries.

Treatment for Cataracts

The definitive solution to cataracts is surgical intervention. The cloudy lens is excised and substituted with a transparent artificial lens.

The most prevalent surgical technique employed is 'phacoemulsification', optionally combined with the ORA/VERION system.