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    Cataracts

    Important
    It is possible that the main title of the report Cataracts is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • lens opacities
    • opacities of the lens

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • after-cataract
    • Anterior Polar Cataract
    • atopic cataract
    • berulean cataract
    • blue dot cataract
    • complicated cataract
    • congenital cataract
    • Coronary Cataract
    • diabetic cataract
    • electric cataract
    • heat ray cataract
    • irradiation cataract
    • lemellar cataract
    • perinuclear cataract
    • punctate cataract
    • secondary cataract
    • toxic cataract
    • Traumatic Cataract
    • zonular cataract

    General Discussion

    Cataracts are abnormalities in the lens of the eye that cause a loss of transparency (opacity). They can occur either in one or in both eyes, and are quite common in the elderly. Congenital cataracts affect infants or young children and are considered to be a rare birth defect. Cataracts tend to cause cloudy vision, and, in many cases, may result in blindness when left untreated.

    Resources

    Lighthouse International
    111 E 59th St
    New York, NY 10022-1202
    Tel: (800)829-0500
    Email: info@lighthouse.org
    Internet: http://www.lighthouse.org

    National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
    P.O. Box 317
    Watertown, MA 02272-0317
    Tel: (617)972-7441
    Fax: (617)972-7444
    Tel: (800)562-6265
    Email: napvi@perkins.org
    Internet: http://www.napvi.org

    NIH/National Eye Institute
    31 Center Dr
    MSC 2510
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
    United States
    Tel: (301)496-5248
    Fax: (301)402-1065
    Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    Cornea Research Foundation of America
    9002 North Meridian Street
    Ste. 212
    Indianapolis, IN 46260
    Tel: (317)844-5610
    Fax: (317)814-2806
    Tel: (800)317-3937
    Email: elainevoci@cornea.org
    Internet: http://www.cornea.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 12/11/2009
    Copyright 1988, 1989, 1997, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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