CATARACTS

Cataract blindness is avoidable

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world

What are cataracts?

Cataracts in the eyes is a condition that occurs in the lens, the natural lens inside the eye, which allows focusing on near and far objects. The lens becomes opaque and loses its transparency naturally and due to aging, . Images become blurry and, as it progresses, we lose visual acuity.

Symptoms of cataracts

The glare caused by sunlight, lamps or spotlights at night is one of the most typical discomforts due to cataracts. In addition, blurry vision at a distance, being one of the main complaints because “people’s faces cannot be recognized” are the most frequent symptoms. In some cases, cataracts allow to improve near vision but to the detriment of the distant one.

Treatment

Cataract surgery is currently a fast and painless process, as well as highly effective and with very few risks. The cataract operation consists of extracting the content of the opacified lens through ultrasound and replacing it with an intraocular lens, customized for each case. It allows the recovery of normal vision,  in some cases even better than how it had been for a long time.

Prevention

In early cataracts, palliative measures can be taken, such as the use of sunglasses to avoid glare, or prescription glasses if a change in refraction has occurred. But the definitive treatment for cataracts is still surgery. Despite the considerable research effort in this field, there is no pharmacological treatment that prevents or effectively cures age-related cataracts.

When you operate cataracts on a person, not only do you improve their living condition, but that of all the members of their extended family