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Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions and affect up to half of people over the age of 60.

Cataracts are formed when the clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy or misty. This is a gradual process that usually happens as we get older. It does not hurt. The main cause is age and most people will eventually develop a cataract in both eyes, although one eye may be affected before the other. However, smoking and exposure to sunlight have been linked to the formation of cataracts.

Cataracts affect men and women equally.

The early stages of a cataract do not necessarily affect your sight.

The only proven treatment for a cataract is surgery.

Will cataracts affect my vision?

  • Many people with a cataract notice that they need the prescription for their glasses changing. If you are long-sighted, you may even notice that you need your glasses less than you did before you had the cataract!
  • You may notice that your vision is less clear and distinct.
  • Car headlights and streetlights can become dazzling.
  • You may experience difficulties moving from shade to sunlit areas.
  • Colours may look different too and become faded or yellowed.

You can download our patient leaflet on cataracts HERE

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