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Cataracts (白内障)
  • What is a cataract?

    When the normally clear lens within the eye becomes cloudy and opaque, it is called a cataract. Cataract vary from extremely small areas of cloudiness to large areas that cause a noticeable loss of vision.
  • Who gets cataracts?

    Cataracts are most often found in persons over the age of 55, but they are also occasionally found in younger persons, including newborns.
  • What causes cataracts?

    No one knows exactly what causes cataracts. It is known, however that a chemical change occurs within the eye that causes the lens to become cloudy. This may be due simply to advancing age or it may be a result of heredity, an injury, or a disease. Cataracts usually develop in both eyes but often at different rates.
  • Can cataracts be prevented?

    Currently, there is no proven method to prevent cataracts from forming.
  • What are the signs / symptoms of cataracts?

    Although cataracts usually develop without pain or redness, some indications that a cataract may be forming include blurred or hazy vision, the appearance of spots in front of the eyes, or the feeling of having a film over the eyes. A temporary improvement in vision may also occur.
  • How are cataracts diagnosed?

    A thorough eye and vision examination by a doctor of optometry can determine the presence of absence of cataracts.
  • How are cataracts treated?

    If your cataracts develop to a point that your daily activities are affected, you will be referred to an eye surgeon who may recommend that surgical removal of the cataracts.
  • Is surgery the only way to treat cataracts?

    Your optometrist can prescribe changes in your eyewear that will help you see more clearly until surgery is necessary, but surgery is the only proven method for effectively treating cataracts. The surgery is a relatively uncomplicated procedure and has a 95% success rate.
  • When will I need to have the cataracts removed?

    Cataracts may develop slowly over many, many years or the may develop rapidly in a metter of months. Some cataracts never progress to a point where they need to be removed. Your optometrist will arrange a consultation with a surgeon who will decide on the appropriate time for removal. Most people wait until the cataracts develop to a degree that interferes with daily activities before having them removed.
  • What happens after the removal of the cataracts?

    Contact lenses, eyeglasses, and intraocular lenses are all common forms of post-cataract vision correction. You, along with our doctor, will decide on the type of post-cataract vision correction you will use. Intraocular lens implants are inserted in the eye at the time of lenses have also become increasingly popular forms of post-cataract vision correction.