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Health & Eyecare - Cataract

Health & Eyecare cateract

Cataract is the leading cause of treatable blindness in the world. The name "Cataract" originates from the Latin and Greek translations meaning "Waterfall". This describes the whitish appearance of rapidly running water at the bottom of a waterfall. A cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens which is located behind the iris. The white/yellow clouding occurs as a result of the denaturing of the protein lens fibres that make up the eye’s lens.

The most common causes of Cataracts are ageing, exposure to ultra-violet and infra-red radiation, diabetes, certain medications and trauma.
Symptoms often associated with cataract are blurred or hazy vision, impairment of colour vision and glare.

Cataract can only be treated by surgery when necessary. Following an eye examination your Ophthalmic Optician will refer you to an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), who will then remove the lens to replace it with an artificial implant which will restore the sight. We actively refer most patients in Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire via the Direct cataract referral service on the NHS.