Cataracts and Causes
What causes cataracts? There is a lens situated behind the iris and pupil. It is similar to a camera lens, which focusing light onto the retina. This is located at the back of the eye where images are recorded.
In addition, it adjusts the focus of the eye, thus enabling us to see images both close-up and afar.
The lens comprises mainly of water and protein. The lens delivers clarity and let’s light pass through.
As we age elements of the protein tend to clump-up clouding over part of the lens.
This is in fact what a cataract is. As time progresses inevitably the cataract grows bigger and cloudier, thus making it more and more difficult for you to see.
Smoking and Diabetes are considered to be contributing factors in what causes cataracts
But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract.
Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
Researchers suspect that there are several causes of cataract, such as smoking and diabetes overuse of steroids. But the reality is that is for sure is the manifestation of older age. There have been some reported cases of cataracts in younger people but quite rare. See more on this link here
Or, it may be that the protein in the lens just changes from the wear and tear it takes over the years.
Actually, the treatment for this condition is painless and quick. It takes on average around 15 minutes per eye and you can more or less return straight home. The improvements are instant and totally changes the sufferer’s life.
Being once again able to attend a soccer match and see the names shown on the shirts. What happens at the other end of the pitch, and who was the person that actually scored the goal. This, of course, might sound flippant but to a soccer team supporter such as this author, its terribly important. Although on a more serious note, being able to see a grandchild properly for the first time. Taking them out safely etc. Obviously, the list of benefits is endless.