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Myth 1: Cataracts grow on your eyes

Fact: Cataracts do not grow on your eyes.

They are changes that affect clarity of the lens in the eye and its ability to focus. As you get older, the proteins in the lens of your eyes start to shed and then clump together. This clumped proteins, combined with a slower turnover of cells in the lens, make the eye lens cloudy and yellow. This is what affects the clarity of your vision.

Myth 2: You can dissolve cataracts with eye drops

Fact: It is not possible to dissolve cataracts.

Cataracts are not dissolvable substances and cannot be affected by eyedrops. Instead, they are age-related changes that alter the structure of your lens as you get older. The only way that cataracts can be treated is to remove the affected lens surgically and have it replaced with a synthetic one.

Myth 3: You can cure cataracts with lifestyle changes

Fact: Changes in your daily lifestyle will not reverse cataracts.

Once your lens is affected by cataracts, it can only be resolved by changing the bad lens surgically. Although one can slow down the formation of cataracts using a healthy diet and regular exercise, these cannot cure a damaged lens.

Myth 4: Only old people develop cataracts.

Fact: Young people can have cataracts.

Although cataracts are an age-related disease, people can also develop them at a young age. Also, certain medications, such as corticosteroids, can lead to changes in your eye health and result in cataracts. Surprisingly, babies can be born with ‘congenital cataracts.’

Myth 5: Cataract surgery is dangerous.

Fact: Cataract surgery is the safest way to correct the disease.

Surgery has a success rate of 95%, one of the most popular and safest eye surgeries. After undergoing cataract surgery, avoid engaging in any form of heavy lifting or bending. The improvement rate after surgery could be immediate or gradual over a couple of weeks.

Although cataracts seem inevitable, engaging in certain healthy lifestyles will reduce your risk of being affected by the disease. Avoid smoking and drinking because they will make your eyes making you prone to having cataracts. If you are above 60, get a dilated eye exam as often as every 2 years so that all forms of eye problems can be identified and treated early. Contact us for more information.