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Cataracts

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding in the lens of your eye. Most cataracts are age related, with gradual changes beginning around age 40, but some risk factors, as listed below, will hasten the development and growth of cataracts. Early on, there are usually no symptoms, but as the cataract grows, symptoms (listed below) begin to emerge. The image included with this article shows an example as to how cataracts may distort vision.

Symptoms of cataracts:

Causes/risk factors for cataracts:

Treatment of cataracts: Currently the only treatment option for cataracts is surgery. However, there are things that you may do to decrease your chances of getting, delay the onset of, or monitor for changes in cataracts including:  

The NEI has a brochure about cataracts which may be accessed at Cataract: What You Should Know

PCHC’s training list may be found at PCHC Training List and a Health Promotion Activity Plan (HPAP) on cataracts maybe accessed at Cataract HPAP

Vision distorted by cataracts