A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil
Almost 1.5 million Australians aged 55 or over suffer from untreated cataracts
70% of Australians aged 80 and over have cataracts

Cataracts are the No.1 cause of Preventable Blindness worldwide and are also the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40. It may be corrected with glasses but the improved vision you get is short-lived and will disappear as the cataract gets worse

A cataract starts out small and in its early stages, has little effect on your vision. But later you’ll notice its effects.

  • You may notice blurry vision as if you’re looking through frosted glass
  • Light from the sun or a lamp may seem overbearingly bright
  • When you drive at night, oncoming headlights cause more glare than before
  • Colours may not appear as bright as they did before

The lens inside the eye works like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina for clear vision. A cataract is a permanent fog on the eye’s lens, causing blurry vision

Besides advancing age, cataract risk factors include:

  • UV radiation from sunlight and other sources
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  • Statin medicines used to reduce cholesterol
  • Previous eye injury or inflammation
  • Previous eye surgery
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Significant alcohol consumption
  • High myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Family history

When symptoms arise, visit one of our optometrists to discuss options to improve your vision

Ways to manage cataract include:

  • New glasses
  • Strong bifocals
  • Magnifiers
  • Discussion of appropriate lighting or other visual aids specifically for cataracts
  • Surgery is to be considered when your cataracts have progressed enough to seriously impair your vision and affect your daily life.

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