Common questions related to cataract

More than 50% of the human population suffers from cataract at some point of time in their lifetime, usually in their 60s or 70s. However, despite it being so very common, there still exist a lot of myths and misconceptions related to this disease. Through this post, we will answer some of the frequently asked questions about cataract and cataract surgery. So go through each of them to equip yourself with right piece of information related to this vision related complication.

What is cataract?
Cataract is basically cloudiness of the natural lens of the eye which is located between the front and back part of the eye.

Does it occur only in old aged people?
Although in a majority of cases it happens in people over 60 years of age but in rare cases, it can also occur in infants where the condition is known as congenital cataract. This complication usually occurs when the mother is suffering from an ailment called German measles, chickenpox or some other form of highly infectious disease during pregnancy. In some cases though, it is inherited.

Why do doctors sometimes want to wait before removing cataract through cataract surgery?
A cataract is usually unnoticeable during its early stages but grows bigger in size over a period of time, making the vision more blurred and cloudier. So sometimes doctors wait for a stage where cataract poses a significant hindrance to vision. However, if you are not very sure about his or her advice, then you may consult some other ophthalmologist in Sydney to get all your confusions sorted out. Also, if your cataract is interfering quite a bit making it harder for you to perform routine activities then you must insist on getting the cataract surgery done on you to restore normal vision.

Is cataract removal procedure a very serious form of surgery?
Almost every surgery has some or other form of risks involved. Therefore, even cataract surgery cannot be taken lightly. However, there is nothing very serious for you to worry about because it happens to be the most commonly performed surgeries in the world. Just make sure that you pick the right eye surgeon for such a procedure and you will be fine.


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