Symptoms of Cataracts and the Solutions

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Published: 20th January 2012
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If you have cloudy vision, or perhaps see things in a fuzzy or blurry haze you may be joining the large percentage of people in the UK suffering from the symptoms of cataracts. There are many people who do not notice that they have cataracts until their vision is affected.
Double vision
Filmy vision
Fuzziness, cloudiness or blurring
Loss of vision
Less vibrant vision
Spotty vision
Light sensitivity
These can have a huge impact on your life, but thankfully there are eye treatments which can solve all of these problems and even remove the cataracts all together. Even if you do not have cataracts you can solve many visual conditions with lens replacement surgery. This will then prevent you from joining the large proportion of over fifties who have cataracts.
Who is at Risk of Contracting Cataracts
Basically cataracts can affect anyone, in fact 77 percent of over seventies have cataracts and a large proportion of these notice the effects in their fifties. Some people have a higher risk than others, such as
People who have certain medical conditions such as diabetes
If you have had too much exposure to UV light
Anyone who has had a sustained injury to their eye
Drinkers
Smokers
People with high blood pressure or hypertension
Members of the family with cataracts in their medical history
Possible Eye Treatments
Lens replacement is one of the best treatments available. You can find many specialist hospitals up and down the UK, or visit Birmingham eye hospital if you live around Central England. Cataract removal surgery can be undertaken which replaces your natural lens with the perfect intraocular lens which can, at the same time, solve other eye problems such as long or short sightedness. Glasses and contact lenses can correct some of the early symptoms however only cataract removal surgery will be able to get rid of the problem for good.
The procedure
The good news is that the procedure does not take long and does not require a general anaesthetic. Instead the anaesthetic is administered in the simple form of eye drops. Once you are ready the surgeon will work to remove the cataracts and replace your lens with a specially designed intraocular lens.
The type of lens you have will depend on the problems you have with your eye sight. There are even lenses which are able to help astigmatism so if you have been told you cannot have laser eye surgery, this may be a viable option for you.
Each eye requires about twenty minutes for the lenses to be replaced, and you may feel ready to leave the hospital an hour after the treatment has finished. There is no need to stay in overnight, although you can remain in the hospital until you are comfortable and confident to go home.
What to Expect the Following Day
Once you are home it is a good idea to just rest and have a good sleep. When you wake up the following day your eyes should feel a lot more comfortable. The only difference is you will not have any of the symptoms of cataracts and your vision should be greatly improved. There will be no need for those glasses or contact lenses thanks to the replaced lens. So reaching for your appropriate eyewear each morning is a habit that you will need to break.
Problems and Treatments
As with all medical operations, eye treatments such as this do come with a certain amount of risk, however adverse reactions are not common. At the first consultation where the specialist will examine your eyes you will be given a lot of information regarding the treatment and possible side effects.
The most common problem is suffering from sore or red eyes for a couple of days after the treatment. This can be easily dealt with and you may be prescribed with antibiotic eye drops which also have an anti inflammatory ingredient. You are free to contact the hospital after the operation if you have any concerns.
On some occasions clouding of the vision may be experienced a few months after the lens and cataracts have been removed. This can be corrected with a simple laser treatment, as can any problems involving the fine tuning of your new intraocular lenses.
Eye treatments are available which will completely eliminate the symptoms of cataracts. For people living in Central England you can make an appointment at the Birmingham eye hospital, alternatively there are other hospitals in the UK where this amazing treatment can be undertaken.

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