Store director Amrik Sappal gives his expert advice
To mark Día de Santa Lucia, Spain’s holiday in honour of the Patron Saint of the blind, on 13th of December, I wanted raise awareness of with the important issue of cataracts, the most common cause of blindness in the world today. Here is some general advice to help you to spot the signs and seek treatment rather than suffering with the symptoms unnecessarily.
Q: What are cataracts?
A: There are three main types of cataract:
• A nuclear cataract – this causes gradual reduction in vision
• A cortical cataract – this may give rise to poor vision associated with seeing haloes around lights or seeing double with one eye.
• Posterior subcapsular lens opacities – these tend to cause reduction in vision (especially for reading), susceptibility to bright lights and glare.
Q: Am I at risk of developing them?
A: As we grow older, the lens of the eye becomes less clear until, ultimately, a cataract that causes reduction in vision is present. Those with a family history of cataracts should be checked regularly as they are at higher risk of developing early cataracts.
Q: What can I do to avoid cataracts?
A: Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to avoid them, as they are generally part of the ageing process. Too much sunlight may make people more susceptible to cataracts so it’s important to wear good quality sunglasses.
Q: How are cataracts treated?
A: They are treated very effectively by a common surgical procedure, so there’s no need to worry. Simply make sure you have regular eye tests so the cataracts can be treated before they significantly affect your vision.
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