A cataract is a clouding of our eye’s natural crystalline lens. The lens begins to yellow and harden, resulting in blurry vision, dull colour perception and difficulty seeing at night.
Cataracts are the number 1 cause of preventable blindness worldwide and are also the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40. This may be corrected with spectacles, but the improved vision you get is short-lived and will disappear as the cataract gets worse.
Almost 1.5 million Australians aged 55 or over suffer from untreated cataracts. 70% of Australians aged 80 and above have cataracts.