kat-uh-rakt : A clouding of the crystaline lens. It has the effect of looking through a dirty window i.e. reducing the quaility of vision.
Other effects include :
Cataracts progress at various speeds depending on the cause and type. When a cataract begins to impede your everyday lifestyle, it can be removed and replaced with a silicon intra-ocular lens. This is a relatively straight forward procedure with a high success rate.
CAUSES OF CATARACTS
Age related changes are the main cause of cataracts but they can also occur at any age due to :
A regular eye test can help by monitoring the effect a cataract has on your vision. Discuss any questions you have with your Optometrist who will refer you to an Ophthalmologist for further management at the appropriate time.