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Cataracts | What are catatracts?
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WHAT ARE CATARACTS?

Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens in your eye. This makes it difficult for light to get into your eye. This can cause obscured or blurred vision that can make it seem like you’re looking out a foggy window.1

HOW DO CATARACTS DEVELOP AND GET DIAGNOSED?

Cataracts happen naturally as you get older.1 Proteins clump together in your eye’s lens and create small cloudy spots. This starts slowly and may be unnoticeable at first.1

 

Cataracts are typically found at routine eye examinations with your optometrist. After being diagnosed, cataract patients will have a follow-up appointment with an ophthalmologist to discuss surgery to remove the cataracts. An ophthalmologist is a surgeon who specializes in eye disease.2,3

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References:

1. National Eye Institute Staff. Facts About Cataract. National Eye Institute. September 2009. Available at https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.

2. Canadian Ophthalmological Society Staff. Cataract. Canadian Ophthalmological Society. http://www.cos-sco.ca/vision-health-information/conditions-disorders-treatments/cataract/.

3. Mayo Clinic Staff. What you can expect [Cataract Surgery]. Mayo Clinic. July 30, 2013. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cataract-surgery/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20012917.

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