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Common Eye Problems

Information on a range of common eye conditions and problems

Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the part of your eye called the lens. This is a very common condition as we get older, and can occur in one or both eyes.

Cataracts are usually painless, but they lead to a gradual worsening of your sight.

Symptoms often include

  • Things appearing blurred round the edges
  • Seeing double
  • Poor vision in bright light
  • Change of colour vision
  • As the condition worsens, your vision typically gets more clouded and becomes like looking through a frosted window.

We strongly recommend that you have your eyes tested every two years. Cataracts are sometimes diagnosed during a routine eye test, even if you are aware of no symptoms.

Treatment

The recommended treatment for cataracts is generally surgical removal of the cloudy lens and replacement with a new plastic lens. This is a routine operation nowadays, and is normally carried out under local anaesthetic.

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Eyecare Through The Ages

It is important to look after your eyes from birth to old age and at every stage in between. Take a journey through the ages of eyecare for tips on how to best care for your eyes and vision through all life’s stages