Cataract Myths and Facts

Cataracts happen to be one of the leading causes of vision loss across the globe. However, what is surprising is the fact that despite these vision related complications being so very common myths surrounding this vision impairment continue to persist. Millions of people around the globe are affected by this disease at some point of time in their lives. And if you go by actual figures, you will find that almost half the world population will have cataract by the age of 80. And there is still no solution available to keep this disease at bay. However, it can certainly be treated with ease, thanks to the advanced eye care techniques available these days. More than 90% percent of the people who have received treatment for this problem have regained their vision.

Cataract, as you must know, is a disease related to ageing. In other words, this vision related complication is a natural result of ageing. When the cells of the eye’s lens begin to die to age, they get accumulated around it creating a yellowed and cloudy formation. And it is this accumulation that results in blurred or fuzzy vision. However, ageing is not the only cause of cataract. Sometimes, a serious eye injury or certain diseases such as cataract can also cause this disease. In its initial stages, strong lighting or special types of eyeglasses can prove useful in treating this problem. However, once it reaches its advanced stage, the only option that remains available is cataract operation with the help of lasers.

Many people who suffer from this problem begin to use to certain eye drops in the hope that it will dissolve the cataract. But this never happens because eye drops cannot treat or dissolve cataracts. The reason why it is impossible is because cataract is not a substance that can be dissolved with the help of certain outside agents or solutions.
Similarly, another common myth that persists is that reading or sewing can make cataract worse. This is a huge misconception because cataract has got nothing to do with how you use your eyes. They might be more noticeable while doing some close work but they are certainly caused by performing certain close up tasks.


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