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The most common cause of cataract

Causes of Cataract The most common cause of cataract is the deterioration of the normal structure within the lens of the eye with age. There may be other causes like diabetes, kidney disease, glaucoma, smoking, eye injuries, infection, and inflammation inside the eye. Prolonged use of certain medications can also lead to cataract formation. In the early stages, you can improve your vision by changing your glasses. But once the cataract progresses, changing glasses will not help. You will notice some deterioration in your ability to see things clearly from a distance. You may have difficulty with glare while driving, or while performing activities like reading that require clear vision. Other symptoms may be colored haloes, or double or multiple images in the eye when the other eye is occluded. A cataract may develop slowly over several years or rapidly within months. Often the other eye will also be affected, but it may not happen at the same time. There are no medications, eye drops, or dietary restrictions that can cure or prevent cataract formation. If the cataract interferes with your regular activities, the only solution is surgery. In cataract surgery your natural clouded lens is replaced by an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), which helps incoming light rays to be focused properly. Your new lens should restore vision to nearly what it was earlier, though you may need to wear glasses for reading or driving. Some important tips * Do not rub the operated eye. * Do not use any eye cosmetics until the doctor allows it. * Do not wash your hair until the doctor says you can. * Shave carefully, soap or water should not enter the eye. * Avoid any vigorous activity. * Do not lift heavy things. * Do not bend so that your head is lower than your waist. * Avoid driving till your vision improves. * Avoid sleeping on the operated side. * No sexual intercourse until permitted by the doctor * Avoid alcoholic beverages. * Watch television for
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