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Cataract Myths and Facts

Dr. Parul Sharma
Eye Care, Ophthalmology
Eye Care, Ophthalmology
Head of Department-Gurgaon / Associate Director-Delhi

Myth: Cataract is an old age problem

Fact: Most cataracts are senile but can occur at any age. They can also be congenital or caused by steroid intake, injury, diabetes or eye inflammations.

Myth: Cataract can be prevented by medicines, diet, eye exercise or yoga

Fact: There is no prevention for cataract.

Myth: Cataract can be cured by eyedrops, diet or yoga.

Fact: There is no medical cure for cataract and the only definitive treatment is surgery if it is progressive and causing a problem in vision.

Myth: Cataract surgery should be delayed and done only when it ripens

Fact: Best time to get surgery done is when you start having early visual problems in your day to day life.

Myth: Cataract surgery is painful and recovery time is long

Fact: It is a painless surgery. Patient is allowed day to day routine activities from next day itself and most people resume work in few days.

Myth: Spectacles are never required after cataract surgery

Fact: the spectacles are required after surgery. Monofocal intraocular lens work well for distance but you have to wear reading glasses. Multifocal intraocular lens can give freedom or decrease dependence on from both distance and near glasses For multifocal lens, there is a selection criteria which the doctor needs to decide after examining your eyes.

Myth: Cataract can reoccur or regrow

Fact: Cataract never regrow. Sometimes after surgery the capsule behind the intraocular lens becomes cloudy. This can be treated by a quick laser procedure in OPD permanently.