Were you looking for information about Cataracts? Cataracs is a common misspelling of cataracts.
Cataracts are vision problems in which there is a clouding of the lens of the eye. When the lens becomes cloudy, the flow of light is distorted and the picture formed on your retina becomes dim or blurry. Symptoms include blurry vision, poor night vision, and difficulty reading. These symptoms can increase your risk of falls and fractures. This condition can occur in either or both eyes, but it cannot spread from one eye to the other.
Although research scientists know how the lens of the eye clouds and that certain things can raise a person's risk of developing this condition, they do not yet know what causes the lens to cloud. Some of the known risk factors include age, smoking, diabetes, long-term alcohol use, and lead exposure. In most cases, the only available treatment involves surgery. Some steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy include getting regular eye exams and making changes in your diet and lifestyle. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent cataracts, you may be able to slow down the rate at which they form.
(Click Cataracts for the full eMedTV article on this topic. This article describes in detail how cataracts cloud the lens of the eye over time, and also lists the different types of cataracts and some cataract prevention measures you can take. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more information.)
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