Were you looking for information on Cataracts? Cateract is a common misspelling of cataracts.
Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. While there are several different types of this cloudiness, the age-related type is the most common form of the condition. Symptoms include blurry vision, double vision, and frequent prescription changes for eyeglasses or contact lenses. These problems are a common occurrence in older people. In fact, it is believed that by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans will either have one or will have had surgery for one.
Besides advancing age, risk factors for this eye condition include diabetes, lead exposure, and smoking. In most cases, the only available treatment for this problem involves surgery -- over one million such surgeries are performed each year in the United States.
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