What is the condition?
Cataracts are a condition where, over time, the lens in the eye becomes misty or cloudy. Cataracts are a very common condition. The condition can worsen over time. In a lot of cases, a straightforward operation can remove the misty lens.
Cataracts usually develop slowly. In most cases, people will develop the condition on both eyes, although one may be affected sooner than the other.
Common symptoms include:
Feeling something is ‘not quite right’ in your eye
Feeling that you glasses are dirty
Sight becomes misty or unclear
Colours can become affected – things have a yellowy tinge
Bright lights can dazzle more than they have previously
The most common cause of cataracts is growing older. Many people aged 65+ will experience some change in their lens and a significant proportion will develop a cataract at some time.
Other causes include:
medications, such as steroids
eye surgery for other eye conditions
Prevention / Treatment
Surgery for cataract conditions is commonplace It involves the removal of the ‘misty’ lens and replacement with an artificial lens implant.
Surgery can be performed at any time Cataract Surgery is available free of charge on the NHS Cataract surgery usually takes about 30 to 40 minutes and most people go home from hospital a few hours later.
There is no evidence to suggest that changing your diet, taking vitamins or using eye drops can cure cataracts. Laser surgery is not used for cataract operations. Without surgery, the condition will worsen over time.
What do I do now?
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, or are worried about the health of your eyes in any way, you should get your eyes checked by an optometrist (optician). We recommend you get your eyes checked every two years, regardless of whether you have any concerns yourself or not.
If you have been diagnosed with Cataracts, there are many ways in which Galloway’s can help you and your loved ones adjust to your sight loss and can offer simple practical help with living with the diagnosis and coping with everyday life.