Cataracts
Cataracts


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

The only proven treatment for a cataract is surgery. If the cataract gets to the stage where it affects your sight, your optometrist will refer you to hospital to have this done. The surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic and is very safe. Once you have had the cataract removed, it will not return.

 

Why does cataract occur?
The main cause is age. However, smoking, poor diet and exposure to sunlight have been linked to cataracts.

Younger people can develop cataracts if they have an injury to the eye. Some medical conditions including diabetes or taking some sorts of medication may also cause cataracts. A very small number of babies are born with a cataract.

(Information from http://www.college-optometrists.org )

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Contact Details

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Telephone : (01286) 672717
E-mail : staff@barnetpepper.co.uk
Post : Barnet Pepper Optometrists & Contact Lens Practitioners,
28 Pool Street,
Caernarfon,
Gwynedd
LL55 2AB