A cataract is a cloudiness or opacity in the normally transparent lens of the eye.
This cloudiness can cause a decrease in vision, and if untreated it may lead to blindness. Cataracts are a relatively common condition, usually slow to develop and more prevalent in older age groups. Age is the most common element in the development of cataracts, though there are many other factors that can contribute, For example, injury to the eye, underlying health conditions such as diabetes, and genetic predisposition.
Cataracts are treated by replacing the damaged lens with a new artificial lens. In the vast majority of cases this is a straightforward ‘outpatient’ surgical procedure under local anaesthetic that takes 30-40 minutes.
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