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Common Myths and Facts on Cataract

Common Myths and Facts on Cataract
  1. Myth: Cataract develops only in aged people.
    Fact: Cataract is the most common ageing disability causing decreased vision in old age nevertheless not uncommonly encountered since birth and at all ages. Diabetes accelerates progression of cataract therefore requiring early diagnosis and surgical intervention.
  2. Myth: Cataract is prevented or cured by medicines, diet, eye exercise or yoga
    Fact: cataract is probably postponed however cure and vision restoration is by cataract removal and intraocular lens implantation.
  3. Myth: one should wait for its treatment until cataract matures therefore Cataract surgery should be delayed and done only when it matures or ripens.
    Fact: one should not wait for its maturity as complications occur during cataract surgery. Interference and disturbance in daily activities like inability to recognise peoples face, reading, eating, taking bath are the indications for cataract surgery.
  4. Myth: Is it true that cataract can be removed with lasers without incision? Or the complete surgery is bladeless and done with laser only?
    Fact: cataract is always removed commonly through incision manually or rarely with lasers. There is no laser cataract surgery, invariably the blades are specialised not for making incision but constructing tunnels.
  5. Myth: Cataract surgery-both femtolaser assisted and phacoemulsification is painful and its recovery time is long.
    Fact: Phacoemulsification is a standard very commonly done procedure than femtosecond laser. Both surgery procedures are not painful and patient’s vision is restored faster.
  6. Myth: Spectacles are never required after cataract surgery.
    Fact: Spectacle requirement after cataract surgery solely depends on patient’s visual needs therefore most of the patients probably need spectacles for reading purpose or correcting residual refractive error.
  7. Myth: Cataract can reoccur or regrow.
    Fact: cataract is a constantly growing progressive opacification of the human lens. Not uncommonly residual opacities are seen after six months of cataract removal that is treated effectively with YAG laser.
  8. Myth: Safed motia bind and kala motia bind are related to each other.
    Fact: Of course these are pigment deposits in the cataract that makes it black color, and white cataract is related to hypermaturity of the cataract which needs immediate surgery.