How Do Eye Accidents Affect My Risk Of Developing Cataracts?
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Eye Accident are common in childhood. Any sharp object that penetrates the eyeball may pass into the lens and cause a cataract to form. Diabetes and other diseases may also give rise to cataract. But the most common form of cataract is that which occurs in elderly people. Usually both eyes are involved, the one side being more advanced than the other. This clouding of the lens may also be seen in most animals if they live strong enough.
Almost every person over eighty years of age will show some tendency toward the development of cataract. The clouding usually begins at the edges of the lens, and may not interfere with a person’s vision until the disease is fairly well advanced.
When the clouding occurs in central part of the lens, the patient may notice he has better vision in a dim light, when his pupils are more widely dilated. This allows him to see around the cataract. In bright daylights his vision may improved if he wears an eye shades or tinted glasses. Gradual loss of vision in middle-aged and older people may be the first sign of developing cataract.
Most cataract develop slowly. Elderly people living alone are more likely to have cataracts. Many of them to take enough water and other liquids to keep the blood stream flowing at it should. Most of them need extra vitamins. Some elderly people are suffering from diabetes and should be given insulin or whatever needed to bring their disease under control. Diabetic patients are always more prone to have cataracts.
In the early stage cataract has fully developed, it is well to changed the eyeglass prescriptions every year or two. This helps to maintain useful vision. More advanced cataracts should be removed by surgery. This is the only reliable method of treatment and can be done at any age. No other operation has brought so much happiness to so many people as the removal of cataracts. The operation is simple but highly effective. Using local anesthesia, the surgeon makes a small incision on the eye and removes the cloudy lens. Healing usually takes about ten days, and there are very few complications. But the operations must, of course, be carried out at the right time and under proper conditions.