A cataract is a clouding the lens of the eye which, when were born is normally transparent. This clouding is usually caused by protein build up which makes up the lens begins to discolor and affect vision. The word “cataract” translates to “waterfall” and in early times it was said that people described there vision as if they were looking through a waterfall.
There are several theories that exist that can cause cataracts including: smoking, diabetes, excessive exposure to sunlight, steroid use and certain other medications. The typical symptoms that may occur (blurry vision, glare around lights at night, haloes, colors losing there contrast and increased nearsightedness. The increased nearsightedness is also cause a temporary improvement in close-up vision, but likely to worsen as the cataract continues to grow. Since cataracts tend to progress slowly, your vision changes are subtle and you may not notice any changes in your vision at first. When you see your eye doctor, a complete medical history and eye examination is necessary, which involves dilating your pupil to visualize the cataracts and the retina.
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