Cataracts are a common eye problem among the middle-aged to elderly adults. Cataracts are a widely discussed topic, yet there are still many misconceptions about them. It is very important to learn the truth about cataracts, as early detection is important when it comes to any eye condition.
Myth: Cataracts grow on the surface of the eye.
Fact: A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens, which is located inside the eye. Proteins carried by fluid in the front of the eye clump together over the lens, making it difficult for the patient to see.
Myth: Only old people can get cataracts.
Fact: Cataracts are most common among people 65 years and above, but they can develop in young people too. This can happen because of conditions such as diabetes, physical trauma, drug use, sunlight or other radiation, and some medications. Cataracts can also sometimes occur among newborns, which are known as congenital cataracts.
Myth: Cataract surgery eliminates the need for glasses or contacts.
Fact: The use of glasses or contact lenses depends on the type of intraocular lens used. If mono focal lenses are used, the patient would still need the aid of glasses or contact lenses to see near and intermediate distances. If multifocal lenses are used, all distances are already corrected so there is no need for glasses or contact lenses. Multifocal lenses are used mostly by patients because of this reason.
Myth: Cataract surgery is dangerous.
Fact: Just like any other surgery, cataract removal poses certain risks. However, these are very rare, and cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most effective surgeries in the world. If you live in the Los Angeles and are considering cataract surgery, contact the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and ask them if it’s right for you.
Myth: Cataracts are reversible.
Fact: Cataracts are not reversible. The only way to treat cataracts is through surgery. As the lens ages, it naturally clouds over and may develop cataracts. However, the development of cataracts can be slowed or prevented by avoiding causative factors such as smoking, unhealthy diet, and too much sun exposure.
Myth: Cataracts grow back.
Fact: Cataracts do not grow back after removal, but some people may experience some blurriness in vision months or years after a cataract is removed. During surgery, a synthetic intraocular lens is inserted, and the capsule that once held the cataract may become cloudy after surgery. This is easily fixed by laser surgery.
If you have any questions regarding cataracts or cataract surgery, contact the UCLA Laser Refractive Center today to receive excellent support from one of our specialists.