Cataract

Cataract

A cataract is the cloudiness of the eye’s lens which affects the normal vision. It is a surgery that is done to restore the clear vision, by removing the clouded lens of the eye. This is replaced by an artificial lens called ‘intraocular lens’, made from plastic, acrylic or silicone, and functions in the same way as the natural lens of the eye.

Why is it needed?

Cataract surgery is advisable to people who experience vision problems due to developing cataracts.

Causes

  • Age – usually, people after 40 develop a cataract
  • Eye Trauma
  • Ultraviolet light exposure
  • Systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes
  • Extreme nearsightedness, chronic inflammation, eye surgeries
  • Congenital cataracts

Symptoms

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Colors appear faded
  • Glare from lamps, headlights, and sunlight might appear extremely bright
  • Night vision poor
  • Multiple or double images seen in one eye
  • Frequent changes in prescription of contact lenses or eyeglasses
Contaract
Dr Prem Contaract

Facts and Figures:

  • The non-adjustable band surgery was done by surgeons Peloso and Wilkinson by open surgery in 1978
  • The adjustable band was developed by pioneers such as Dr. Lubomyr Kuzmak and other bio-engineers, scientists and surgeons
  • In 1992, the surgeon Cadiere first inserted an adjustable band through a laparoscope
  • Celebrities who have undergone the procedure for obesity are:
  • Khaliah Ali, Muhammad Ali’s daughter
  • Fern Britton
  • Anne Diamond
  • Brian Dennehy
  • Golfer John Daly