Cataract – Facts & Myths

Myths & Facts about cataract

Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in India and it is estimated that by 2020 there will be 8 million cataract blind in our country. Cataract surgery is a common procedure and here are a few myths busted.

#- Myth 1: Cataract is ONLY an old age disorder

While ageing is the most common cause for cataract, other factors like diabetes, thyroid disorder, smoking, family history etc which may lead to cataract. Cataract is the result of cells dying and accumulating behind the lens and disrupting the lens fibers.

Myth 2: Eyedrops prevent cataract

Fact: Cataract formation is a very natural eye process and eyedrops cannot prevent or treat it. In the initial stages, using spectacles can be of help but surgery is recommended when the degradation affects the day-today activities of the person.

Myth 3: Cataracts grow back

Fact: As people age, the protein in the lens degrades or breaks down with time and makes the eye cloudy. Some patients develop secondary cataract with time. Conditions like diabetes, tobacco usage may, genetics are several contributing factors.

Myth 4: Cataract surgery is dangerous

Fact: Cataract surgery is a very common procedure. The doctor won’t recommend surgery until it is compulsory. Moreover, there are other options like MICS – stichless surgery, surgically inserted artificial lenses available.

Myth 5: Cataract recovery takes months

Fact: Cataract is normally an out-patient procedure and most people resume their normal vision and activities from the next day onwards. However, you will be advised against lifting heavy weights , strenuous exercise, and swimming for a couple of weeks. You should also avoid rubbing and putting pressure on the eyes and will have to protect them from dust and sunlight.

Author: Kiran Kalakuntla

Seasoned product marketing professional with a track record of designing, developing and bringing complex technologies to market. Past launches include: World's first 3D smartphone, first build to order smartphone, RFID etc.

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