Congenital cataracts (or cataracts present from birth), like cataracts that come with age, are currently treated by surgery – the removal of the lens and implanting an artificial lens in its place.
Historically, a cataract was ready to remove when it was “ripe.” This antiquated term was used to delay surgery until the cataract was advanced. Thankfully, that era has passed. Today, wonderful improvements in both cataract surgery and lens implants, including laser cataract surgery, routinely provide excellent vision, (often without glasses, depending upon the implant). Medicare […]
The lens inside your eye is normally clear at birth and leaves the pupil dark. The lens gradually loses its transparency as we age. The increasing whiteness of the lens, visible in the pupil in advanced cases, is a cataract. There is a genetic component to cataract formation, and there clearly is an aging component. […]