what are cararacts?

Leigh Marsden
By Leigh Marsden Latest Reply 2008-12-09 23:03:37 -0600
Started 2008-10-09 15:46:08 -0500

Hello Everyone,
I was just told that I have a cataract in my right eye. I am only 45… I thought that that was a condition that a person got when they we older? I have severe dry eye,but I am happy to say, I have no sign of glucoma.
Does cataracts lead to glucoma?

10 replies

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-09 22:40:50 -0600 Report

This link will answer your questions. It's the National Eye Institute site. Great info.


I have had cataract surgery on both eyes in the past couple of years, with great success. Really unbelievable!

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-09 22:51:13 -0600 Report

Now I have a question for you? Do they do this as a laser surgery? So far, knock on wood, I haven't had cataracts…Debe

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-09 23:00:21 -0600 Report

That site I gave you gives you very detailed info on the surgery. Yes, it is done with a laser. Really nothing to it. And I could see SO much better immediately.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-09 22:28:26 -0600 Report

Common symptoms of cataract include:
* a painless blurring vision;
* glare, or light sensitivity;
* poor night vision;
* double vision in one eye;
* needing bright light to read
* fading and yellowing of colors.

There are many misconceptions about cataract. Cataract is not:
* a film over the eye;
* caused by overusing the eye;
* spread from 0ne eye to the other;
* a cause of irreversble blindness.

vgarrison 2008-10-10 04:37:24 -0500 Report

From what I understand cataracts are a film that cloud over your eye…and glocoma is pressure in the eye…I would check out webmd and look up both of these conditions. That might help you!! Good luck!

Blessed Be

Leigh Marsden
Leigh Marsden 2008-10-10 07:26:24 -0500 Report

Hello vgarrison,
I took your advice and I guess that a cataract can be the start of glucoma for a diabetic. A bit unsettling. But, I would rather know what I am dealing with. Perhaps this is an issue that one of the more literate members should study and inform us not so literate members about. Leigh

kdroberts 2008-10-10 08:16:52 -0500 Report

I don't profess to know very much about eyes and diabetes, I know enough for my situation and that's about it. I do know that keeping your diabetes in control is the best defense you have. However, I do know of a free online webchat in a couple of weeks about diabetic eye problems. It's posted in the events section but you can also find info on it here http://www.clevelandclinic.org/eyewebchat You need to pre register but you can submit questions and it may give you all the answers you need, plus more!

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