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Eye Cataracts

Eye cataracts are caused by opacification of your eye's lenses.

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Behind your pupils is a soft jell o-like lens on each side surrounded by a thin layer of muscle which stretches and squeezes it to focus images on the back of your eye where image processing occurs.

The lens obviously must be clear for seeing to work. But insults to the lens can scar it turning it from water clear to cloudy white ie. a cataract.

Cataracts Causes

  • High blood sugar levels in diabetes.
  • Cigarette chemicals and heavy alcohol use.
  • Aging.
  • Radiation from the sun and microwaves.
  • Trauma to the lens.
  • Steroid use long term such as Prednisolone.
  • Birth defects - congenital.

Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurred, hazy vision.
  • An orange glow in your vision.
  • Looking in a mirror, just behind the pupil, a white cloudy area is seen instead of rich black.

Cataract Treatment

  • Wear sunglasses in bright sunlight to protect your lens from UV damage.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Don't use alcohol in excess.
  • Taking Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene antioxidant supplements.
  • Stay away from excessive dietary sugar.
  • The ultimate cure for mature cataracts is to surgically replace the old opaque lens with a new artificial lens.
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Eye Surgery Someone?

In this eye operation, a small slit is made over the top of your iris and the cornea peeled back. Through this keyhole the cataract lens is shelled out and a new artificial clear lens is slipped into it's place. The cornea is then flapped back into place and stitched down with very fine sutures. When you open your eyes again, viola, perfect vision.

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