Cataract is an eye disease that causes poor eyesight. Grayish hair usually develops in both eyes. Each eye can be affected in different ways. The blurred vision is because the cloudy lens prevents light from passing and focusing on the retina, in the back of the eye. The lens of the eye becomes turbid and the usually clear protein in the lens begins to aggregate (clump).
Heather gray is a common cause of blindness in many countries. Eye disease is not a major problem in countries such as Sweden with good finances, well-developed eye care, skilled eye surgeons, and access to lenses.
Usually one eye is operated at a time with your worse eye first. The graying operation takes about 10-15 minutes. Approximately 20% of cataract surgery forms aftercare. We treat your aftercare with YAG laser.
Heather gray belongs to man’s biological aging. Natural aging does not follow a fixed chronological age, but incipient cataracts usually develop at about 60-65 years of age.
The development of cataracts may have secondary causes:
- green star operation (glaucoma surgery)
- long-term use of steroids
- health problems, e.g. diabetes
Sooner or later, all cataracts get at a sufficiently high age. Congenital cataracts are caused by genetic factors. Children born with cataracts in both eyes need surgery as early as possible for a more normal vision development.
Grayscale can affect your view as follows:
- blurred, foggy or cloudy vision
- Glare and halos fenomen – circles or auras around bright light, such as car headlights and street lights
- colors may appear weaker or faded
- everything can be experienced as having a brown or yellow hue
- impaired vision
- double vision or multiple images in one eye
- rapid changes in strength for glasses and lenses
- harder to read due to poorer contrast, as being able to indicate the difference between black and white
The above eye problems can be the basis for other than cataracts.
Some other factors that could possibly be linked to the development of cataracts:
- the sun’s UV-B radiation – protect your eyes with sunglasses from an early age
- cigarette smoking
- consumption of alcohol
- environment and way of life – malnutrition and poor diet with a lack of vitamins.