Cataract Myths #5

Cataract Myths #5

Myth: A cataract is a film that grows over the eye, and it can grow back after surgery.

Fact: A Cataract is a cloudiness of the crystalline lens inside the eye.

Cataracts are the most common cause of preventable vision loss and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Age-related clouding of the eye’s lens is the leading cause of blindness in South Africa and responsible for about 50% of the prevalence of blindness. Despite the prevalence, there are many misconceptions about the condition. Since June is Cataract Awareness Month, this is a great time to clear up some of these common myths about cataracts.

When cataracts are treated with surgery the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. There are many lens options and multifocal lenses can give you spectacle independence in addition to treating the cataracts and giving you clear vision once again. It is important to find out about your options prior to cataract surgery as this is an ideal time to invest in your vision. Sometimes proteins that attach behind the lens can cause clouding after cataract surgery. This is treated with a YAG laser in the doctor’s rooms and should only have to be done once. After this you should not experience any cloudiness again. If you do have visual problems after cataract surgery, please visit your surgeon for a check-up.

Disclaimer: The medical content provided is not intended to replace appropriate medical consultation with a qualified health care provider. According to research Refractive cataract surgery is safe and effective but not everyone is a good candidate for Refractive cataract surger. Vision can change over time. Medical outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Results vary, risks and complications can occur with any medical procedure. Patient testimonials are the opinion of that patient about their individual experience.

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