What is a cataract?
A cataract is when the natural lens of the eyes become clouded and develop opacity. The eye lens is transparent and allows light to reach the retina which allows us to see clearly. When the lens becomes clouded, less light is able to pass through and thus the patient will experience a decrease in vision such as haziness and cloudiness.
Cataracts may develop in one or both eyes. They also develop slowly which lead to many people often disregarding it simply as a sign of aging. Symptoms of cataracts usually include blurry vision, halos around lights, double vision, glare and also faded colours. All of these could result in problems when it comes to reading, driving or recognizing facial details. Currently, they are the most prominent causes of blindness in Malaysia.
What causes cataracts to develop?
Age is the most common factor for cataracts to develop. Cataracts are significantly more common in older people especially for those above 60 years old. As the eye lens is made of protein, they tend to denature and degrade over the years which results in cataracts. Other than that, risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension may also accelerate the denaturing process. Other common causes of cataracts also include trauma, smoking, radiation and genetic factors. A person with a family history of cataracts is more likely to develop one as well.
Cataract Surgery in Malaysia
Modern medicine has made treating cataract a simple process. Cataract surgery is the most effective treatment as it removes the cloudy lens and replacing it surgically with a lens implant. Due to the common occurrence of cataracts, the procedure is the most commonly performed surgery in the world.
Sri Kota Specialist Medical Centre offers patients the opportunity for safe, fast and hassle-free cataract surgery. The procedure is relatively quick and painless with only minimal downtime. Call us today or schedule an appointment with us to know more about our cataract surgery procedure.