Cataracts are very common and are generally age related. A cataract is a clouding of the lens within the eye. It is usually a slow process over time and your vision may become increasing blurred. You may need to have surgery and have a replacement artificial lens to enable to you see clearly again.
As well as your age, there are many factors that may increase your risk of developing cataracts such as, lifelong exposure to sunlight, poor diet lacking in vitamins, steroids, smoking and certain health conditions such as diabetes.
Regular eye examinations will help monitor the development of the cataracts and the effect on your vision and help maintain good vision until you may require a cataract operation. Cataracts are commonly occurring and now routine surgery. Although small, there are risks associated with having surgery carried out. Using the Spectralis platform, we scan your retina before and after surgery which enables us assess what changes if any have taken place such as macular oedema (swelling of the central part of your retina).