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Cataract: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

A cataract surgery aims to remove cataracts that cloud the eye lens due to the clumping of proteins. Most cataracts develop as people age, leading to blurry vision or vision loss.

Although older people are the most prone to develop cataracts, there are other risk factors that can increase chances of getting the condition:

  • Having diabetes

  • Cigarette smoking

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Living in an area with poor air quality

  • Having had an eye injury

  • Spending a lot of time under the sun

  • Having a history of cataracts

To protect your eyes from cataracts and keep them healthy, take the following steps:

  • Manage blood sugar levels and maintain a healthy diet

  • Quit smoking

  • Wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors

  • Wear protective eyewear when doing activities or playing certain sports

  • Get regular eye checkups

When cataracts are mild, you might not experience any symptoms at first. But as the cataracts grow, you may notice changes like:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision

  • Sudden nearsightedness

  • Poor night vision

  • Difficulty seeing colors

  • Sensitivity to bright lights

Doctors would usually recommend an outpatient procedure when the cataract impairs vision and affects daily activities like reading, driving, or working on a computer.

The most common procedure for cataracts is phacoemulsification, wherein an ophthalmologist makes a small incision in the eye to reach the clouded lens. The doctors then break the lens into pieces using high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) and put in a new plastic lens. Cataract surgery usually takes only about 20 to 30 minutes and is considered very safe.

Get treatment before it’s too late

If you think you're manifesting symptoms of cataracts such as those listed above, it's best to consult an eye doctor before the condition gets worse. An eye doctor will help you determine which cataract treatment best suits you.

EyeSite Mandaluyong is equipped with a professional team and state-of-the-art facilities to safely treat cataracts. With the promise of #SerbisyongSulit #AlagangMaaasahan, EyeSite provides cost-effective services that include general ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, and optical retail.

To schedule an appointment with an eye doctor, give us a call at (0966) 9501-464 or visit us by pining EyeSite Mandaluyong on Waze or Google Maps.


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