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More than four million Americans have vision-impairing cataracts. Fifty percent of those over age 65 have a cataract. One in every 10,000 babies is born with congenital cataracts.
A cataract is a painless, cloudy area in the crystalline lens of the eye. The lens is a clear tissue located behind the pupil and is composed mostly of protein and water. Light has a difficult time passing through the cloudy area, so visual images appear as though they're shrouded in fog. Cataracts can develop in one or both eyes and they affect women more than men. They can take from a few months to several years to develop. Sometimes the cataract stops developing in its early stages and vision is only slightly decreased, but if it continues to develop vision is impaired and treatment is necessary.
National Eye Institute, Harvard, Blended Medicine by Michael Castleman, VisionChannel.com and Washington and Shady Grove Adventist Hospitals. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.
These Health Tips are for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.