test

SCROLL DOWN

Keep Your Eyes Open to Spot the Symptoms of Cataracts

Learn more about vision correction

17
Feb
2017

Cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness. Estimates suggest that around half of people aged 75-85 have experienced some vision loss due to cataracts. Primarily a condition that affects the older generation, it can come on as early as your 40s. Rare cases of cataracts have also been seen in young children and even babies at birth.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding, or misting, of the lens of your eye. As we get older proteins in the eye lens begin to break down, and this is what creates the clouding. More than 300,000 procedures are carried out each year in the UK, making it the most common operation of any specialty performed in the country.

cataract

Signs and symptoms:

Factors that may increase the risk of cataracts include aging, smoking, obesity, family history, high blood pressure and too much UV light (sun) exposure.

The things to look out for to determine cataracts include:

  • A decrease in the clarity of vision. Clouding is the most common symptom.
  • Sensitivity to light and especially glare. As the clouding affects your natural lens, it can no longer reflect light and images to your retina.
  • The onset of double vision
  • Night vision. Not being able to see in the dark as well as you used to, this tends to be spotted whilst driving out in the dark.
  • Your vision is deteriorating and glasses are no longer correcting it.
  • Dismissed symptoms that often go unnoticed include colours begin to appear faded or washed out.

Causes:

There are 4 main reasons why a cataract may develop:

  • Age-related: this is the most common kind of cataract. Based on the location in the eye there are three subclassifications: nuclear, cortical, and posterior subcapsular.
  • Congenital: although it is very rare, some babies can be born with cataracts. This classification of cataracts also relates to young babies who develop cataracts within the first year of life.
  • Traumatic: this type of cataract results from a direct injury to the eye.
  • Secondary: caused either as a result of medication or a disease, such as diabetes. Cataracts are 10 times more common in diabetic patients than in the general population.

Treatment:

There is no preventative method of cataracts, but there are ways to protect your eyes and slow the progression of the disease. The good news is that it is almost always treatable.

Once the cataract has formed the only treatment is surgical removal, a 10-15 minute procedure, and then replacement with an artificial lens. This lens is known as an intraocular lens – often shortened to IOL. The artificial lens is made of plastic or silicone, and will not need to be changed for the rest of your life.

A cataract is not caused by overuse of your eyes, and cannot travel from one eye to the other. For more information about cataract surgery visit our website, or if you would like to discuss your concerns, book your free consultation with Focus and call us on 0207 307 8250.

Sources:

Kellogg Eye Center

Royal National Institute of Blind People

By: David

If you are interested in vision correction at Focus Clinic please call us on 0207 307 8250 and book a free consultation.

Book your FREE consultation
Related Articles
  • Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness

    Glaucoma: A Leading Cause of Blindness

    Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness throughout the world, especially in older people, with estimates of suspected cases at over 60 million worldwide. What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects your eye to your brain, becomes damaged, usually as a result of an increased pressure […]

    Learn more
  • 15 foods that can improve your eye health

    15 Foods That Can Improve Your Eye Health

    Did you know eating certain foods can actually improve your eyesight, slow down aging of your eyes and keep your eyes in good health?

    Learn more
  • 7 things to know about styes

    7 Things to Know About Styes

    Did you know that there are two types of the common stye, and they’re caused by a natural bacteria on our skin that we coexist with every day? What is a stye? A stye is a small and painful inflammation that appears as a lump on the inside or outside of the eyelid. They can […]

    Learn more
  • Why uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious eye problems

    Why uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious eye problems

    Did you know nearly one person in every 25 in the UK has diabetes? It can take time to get your diabetes under control, but the results are worth it – otherwise you could set yourself up for a host of complications. Diabetes can take a toll on nearly every organ in your body, and […]

    Learn more
  • Eye Terms & Conditions Glossary

    Eye Terms & Conditions Glossary

    You might have heard of the term LASIK eye surgery, but do you know what it means? What about Amblyopia or Esotropia? When researching anything about eye care, eye health, laser eye surgery, or sight loss you are confronted by a long list of vocabulary that you may, or may not, understand. Here at Focus […]

    Learn more
  • shutterstock_330511832

    Microbial Keratitis: Contact Lens infection vs LASIK

    New research has found that if you wear contact lenses for 10 years, you’re six times more likely to develop a sight-threatening infection than if you’d had laser eye surgery. Can you radically reduce these risks by ditching contact lenses and opting to go under the laser to correct your vision instead? According to scientists at […]

    Learn more
  • Laser eye surgery machine

    What kind of laser eye surgery is right for you?

    Until contact lenses were made popular in the 1950’s, the only way to correct vision problems was to wear glasses. Fast forward to 2016 and there is an abundance of different approaches to correct vision, from reshaping the cornea in laser eye surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK, to refractive lens exchange surgery. So […]

    Learn more
  • common cold

    Full of cold? Don’t forget your eyes are affected too!

    With the downpour of snow this week, followed by the rising stress of getting everything sorted for Christmas, many of us may have become a little run down and as a result developed the annoying winter cold we all seem to get once a year. Whilst we think of the common cold mainly affecting our […]

    Learn more
  • The Future of Healthcare

    The Future of Healthcare

    Have you ever wondered what stepping into a hospital in the future will be like? You’ve watched the Sci-Fi movies that marvel of the future, speculated for yourself about the possibilities and found yourself wondering ‘what the future will be like?’. Patients of the future have a lot of exciting changes and developments to look […]

    Learn more
  • shutterstock_227473228

    Blepharitis: Causes, symptoms and treatments

    Itchy eyes are a common sign of tiredness, but if your eyes are often itchy and pink, your eyelashes are crusty and your eyelids are raw, there’s a chance you might have a condition blepharitis. What is blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids, including the skin, lashes and meibomian […]

    Learn more
  • world sight day

    Cataract surgery recovery

    Cataract surgery recovery Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the developed world. Recovery from a modern cataract operation is quick and typically uncomplicated due to the minimally invasive keyhole approach. No sutures are required and the procedure is performed as a day case without needing to stay in hospital. Who needs cataract […]

    Learn more
  • shutterstock_175095980

    The epidemic outbreak of Acanthamoeba keratitis

    Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare, but serious vision threatening parasitic infection seen most often in contact lens wearers. First recognised in 1973, Acanthamoeba are naturally occurring amoeba (tiny, one-celled animals) commonly found in water sources, such as tap water, well water, hot tubs, and soil and sewage systems. If these tiny parasites infect the eye, […]

    Learn more
  • Brussels Sprout vegetables can help save your sight at Christmas

    Did you know brussels sprouts can help save your sight this Christmas?

    Did you know your Christmas vegetables could be giving you more than you bargained for?  New research has found that the famously unpopular, Brussels Sprouts vegetables could actually help save your sight.

    Learn more
  • 1920-1200

    Bluetooth glasses or laser eye surgery?

    Bluetooth glasses or laser eye surgery? Do you find that you keep misplacing your glasses? Or do you have several pairs dotted around the house, car and office, so that you so do not find yourself without them? Phone Halo thinks that they have found a solution. They have designed a special pair of glasses […]

    Learn more
  • Bionic lens

    Bionic Lens…you’ve never seen anything like it

    We all crave 20/20 vision and envy those that have it, but is it a thing of the past as technology finds something even better with the Bionic Lens? A Canadian company called Ocumetics Technology Corporation are in the stages of clinically testing their Bionic Lens. The device replaces the natural human lens with a […]

    Learn more
  • how much does laser eye surgery cost

    Protecting your eyes from the sun

    Protecting your eyes from the sun As Britain sizzles in the hottest weather recorded since 2006, hundreds of thousands of people are set to get ready to attend some of the biggest summer events and make last minute holiday getaways. We know the dangers of unprotected skin from the sun’s rays, but what about ultraviolet […]

    Learn more
  • eye tattoo, is it worth risking your vision

    Beauty is pain, but is it worth risking your vision?

    A 24 year old Canadian model has recently had an eye tattoo which has left her partially blind. And that’s not the only scar of scleral tattoo. Catt Gallinger herself has said that she’s made a ‘massive mistake’ as it affects her mental health. Have body modifications gone one step too far as people begin […]

    Learn more
  • New

    The bionic eye

    Is science fiction becoming a reality? After years of intensive engineering a bionic eye has been approved for commercial use. Named the Argus II, it is a device that can improve sight for individuals who can see virtually nothing, making previously impossible tasks attainable. People with certain types of blindness can go from seeing virtually […]

    Learn more
  • children need regular eye tests

    When should a child first go to an eye doctor/ optician?

    Getting your child’s eyes checked regularly is essential for spotting issues that are treatable when caught early. Good vision is really important to children as so much of what they learn is taken in through their eyes, and their vision helps them find out about the world around them.

    Learn more
  • floaters

    What are eye floaters & are they a concern?

    Most of us have seen strange shapes floating in our vision from time to time and those tiny spots, specks and flecks that drift aimlessly around our field of vision are otherwise known as floaters. What are floaters? Floaters are caused by small piece of debris that float in the vitreous humour of the eye. […]

    Learn more
  • children’s eye health and safety awareness Month – Education and the digital age

    Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month – Education and The Digital Age

    As children across the UK skipped out of their school gates and into the glorious prospect of 6 weeks of fun and play, we guess that the state of their eye health was the last thing on their minds. But, as August kicked off this week so did Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. […]

    Learn more
  • how to accentuate your eye colour

    How to accentuate your eye colour after laser eye surgery

    People choose to have laser eye surgery for a variety of different reasons. To avoid the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, to gain freedom to fully enjoy sporting pursuits or to simply gain a confidence boost. Whatever your motivation, you will probably find that you will be showing off your beautiful eyes for the very […]

    Learn more
  • New

    Computer games and vision

    Christmas is drawing closer and everybody is hunting for the perfect gift for their loved ones. On the top of many lists will be some of the brand new computer game consoles that have just been launched such as Xbox One or Playstation 4. You will have probably heard that these kind of games can […]

    Learn more
  • refractive lens exchange

    Refractive lens exchange cost

    The typical Refractive Lens Exchange cost is £5400 for complete treatment to both eyes, using a standard monofocal lens. This includes your FREE initial consultation and all post surgery appointments and eye drops. If you are found suitable at your initial assessment, a second consultation with your treating surgeon will be arranged and costs £100.

    Learn more
  • Comparing Surgery Times

    Comparing Surgery Times: Laser Eye Surgery vs Other Surgeries

    The idea of any surgery, no matter how big or small, can be daunting. Laser eye surgery may seem like a scary option, your eyes are precious, but in reality, the procedure time is a lot shorter than people think. The duration of a surgery of any kind cannot be predicted 100% accurately. Like a […]

    Learn more
  • tea drinking

    A tea a day can keep the ophthalmologist away!

    Us Brits are known for loving a good cup of tea.  In fact in just one day the UK consumes 165 million cups of the stuff!  But did you know this popular hot drink does more than taste good and warm up our insides?  A new study reveals tea drinkers are 74 per cent less […]

    Learn more
  • Why-it-is-time-for-laser-image

    Why It Might Be Time For Laser Eye Surgery

    Are you fed up with wearing glasses? Do you find contact lenses inconvenient to use in your day-to-day life? Are you over 21, in good health, have healthy eyes and have a stable prescription? If you answered yes to all of the above then it might be time to consider laser eye surgery.

    Learn more
  • Children's Eyes

    Parents to protect children’s eyes by monitoring digital usage

    Most of us don’t go a day without using a digital screen, whether it’s at work on a computer, reading off a tablet or tending to our smartphone – and now younger and younger children’s eyes are being exposed to digital screens, threatening their vision. Tablets and phones have replaced the TV as a way […]

    Learn more
  • cataract surgery

    LASIK vs LASEK / PRK Eye Surgery

    The comparison chart below will help inform you of the differences between LASIK and traditional LASEK / PRK eye surgeries, as well as provide you with the advantages and disadvantages of each type of surgery. What type of surgery is right for me? Although LASIK is a more popular choice, the type of surgery that’s […]

    Learn more
  • black

    What is macular degeneration?

    This is a common eye disease linked to ageing that in time will destroys sharp, clear central vision due to damage to the retina. The retina is the very thin tissue that lives at the back of the eye and contains the light-sensing cells which are sending visual signals to the brain. Sharp, clear, ‘straight […]

    Learn more
Get in touch
Thank you for getting in touch with Focus. Your message is on its way and one of our friendly team will be in touch shortly!
Reviews

Fiona

4th Aug

fiona

‘I look younger now’

close
close
big close

Book a free* consultation

There is a refundable admin fee of £25 for consultations during the week and £50 for consultations in the weekend. This will be returned to you when you attend the appointment.
Thank you for getting in touch with Focus. Your message is on its way and one of our friendly team will be in touch shortly!

Would you rather speak to someone?

*Opening Times:
Monday - Friday: 9am – 6pm Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Would you rather speak to someone?

Call: 0207 307 8250

to arrange your free* consultation
There is a refundable admin fee of £25 for consultations during the week and £50 for consultations in the weekend. This will be returned to you when you attend the appointment.
Mr Samer Hamada
laser and lens eye surgery specialist
 Samar Hamada