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  1. Cataracts and Your Eyes

    Learn more about your eyes and cataracts, including the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  2. Hyperferritinemia Cataract Syndrome

    WebMD discusses hyperferritinemia cataract syndrome as well as symptoms and treatments.

  3. Cataracts

    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. ...

  4. Cataracts - Home Treatment

    If you have cataracts, these tips and vision aids may help you manage your vision problems and avoid or delay surgery: Tips for improving vision include repositioning lights or, if you wear them, updating the prescription for your eyeglasses or contact le

  5. Cataracts - Exams and Tests

    Diagnosis of cataracts is based on a medical history and physical examination. Often tests are used to: Confirm the presence of a cataract. Rule out other conditions that may be causing vision loss. For more information, see the topics Vision Tests, Ophth

  6. Cataracts - What Happens

    Cataracts may remain small and may not be noticeable. They often do not seriously affect vision, and many cataracts do not need to be removed. Some cataracts grow larger or denser over time, causing severe vision changes.

  7. Cataracts and Ultraviolet Light - Topic Overview

    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as sunlight, is absorbed by the lens of the eye and can lead to the formation of chemicals called free radicals inside the lens. Over time, free radicals may damage the lens, causing cataracts.People exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight because of their profession (such as agricultural workers), geographic area (such as sunny parts of the country), or use of tanning booths or sunlamps may be more likely to form cataracts.It is not known for sure whether reducing UV exposure helps prevent cataracts.

  8. Nd:YAG Laser Posterior Capsulotomy After Cataract Surgery

    Information on laser surgery called Nd:YAG posterior capsulotomy, an outpatient procedure for cataracts.

  9. Cataract Surgery

    The lens of the eye is enclosed in a lining called the lens capsule. Extracapsular surgery, also called extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE), involves removing the lens with the cataract from the lens capsule.

  10. Cataracts - When To Call a Doctor

    If you have cataracts, call your doctor immediately if you have severe eye pain or a sudden change in your vision.

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