Cataracts occur as a result of aging of the lens in the eye, and it is a condition that will eventually affect us all. While they tend to be most prevalent in patients aged 50-60, they can develop at any point throughout your life.
We recently got this question for a viewer:
Dear Dr. Manny,
Is there any way that I can prevent cataracts from forming in my eyes?
While cataracts are treatable, they are not something that you can prevent from happening. There are many different types of cataracts, and some may take decades to form.
Symptoms of cataracts can include loss of vision of any kind, trouble reading, and difficulty driving at night. If left untreated, cataracts can even cause you to go blind.
Once a patient receives a diagnosis, treatment options can include surgery to remove the diseased lens and replace it with a new one. The surgery is performed with a laser to increase accuracy, though patients may still need reading glasses, depending on which replacement lens they choose.
If you begin noticing any of the above symptoms, consult your physician.
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