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Cataract and White areas in the Eye

Myth: A cataract is a growth on the white area of your eye. 
Fact: Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. The lens bends light to help us see clearly. The lens should be clear. If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy. It is like looking through a dirty window. Things look blurry, hazy and less colourful with a cataract. 

Ageing causes cataracts. This is due to normal eye changes that happen after around age 40. Normal proteins in the lens start to break down. This causes the lens to get cloudy. People over age 60 usually start to have some visible clouding of their lenses. Vision problems may only start years later. 

You may be able to slow down your development of cataracts. Protecting your eyes from sunlight is the best way to do this. Wear sunglasses that screen out the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light rays. You may also wear regular eyeglasses that have a clear, anti-UV coating. Cataracts can be removed only with surgery. If your cataract symptoms are not bothering you, you don’t have to remove a cataract.

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