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What are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. Normal vision can be affected by cataracts depending on the cataract size and location. Cataracts can occur in both eyes, but one eye can have a more advanced cataract than the other. Although cataracts most commonly occur after the age of 60, children can be diagnosed as well. Other times, cataracts can be caused by environmental factors, or as a result to a side effect of some medications, or after trauma.

Normal Vision

Normal Vision

Vision with Cataracts

Vision with Cataracts

Cataracts can fall into three different categories:

  • A nuclear cataract, which is located in the center of the lens, forms a nucleus that tends to darken to a yellow and sometimes brown color.
  • A cortical cataract affects the layer of the lens that surrounds the nucleus.
  • A posterior capsular cataract is located in the back outer layer of the lens and develops more rapidly.