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About Cataracts

What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the focusing lens behind the pupil (the dark centre of your eye). It can give you blurred, cloudy, glary or double vision. Cataracts can develop slowly over years or quickly over months.

Warning signs

Cataracts occur when a clear focussing lens in your eye, located behind your dark pupil and coloured iris, becomes cloudy. A cataract may cause blur, fogging, haze, glare, double vision, poor night driving vision and loss of colour. If you have these symptoms you should see your Optometrist or GP to learn if you have cataracts or perhaps another eye problem.

When do I need a cataract procedure?

You may wish to have your cataract removed when it interferes with your ability to perform everyday activities like the examples below comfortably:  Driving at night or in the country Occupational tasks Recreational activities Reading television subtitles, smartphones, computers or tablets.

Frequent questions

Cataract surgery has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life so it is important not to delay having the operation for inappropriate reasons.

Myths of cataract procedures

Common myths about cataract procedures. Cataract procedures do improve quality of life. Don’t let wrong information about cataract surgery stop you from enjoying a better life.

What causes cataract?

One of the most common questions patients ask is what causes cataract. I think they are asking how did I get cataract? Whilst we cannot say what caused a particular individuals cataract, with rare exceptions such as eye trauma, we can describe risk factors for developing cataract.