What is cataract?

Cataract is an age-related eye condition that is the main cause of blindness in the Philippines which affect people mostly in the older age-group and more prevalent among women compared to men.

The clouds formed in the lens causes the vision to be blurry and hazy, just like looking through a foggy glass.

In the country, cataract tops the leading cause of blindness with 62% of the total percentage. It is a serious visual problem that, if not prevented nor treated by surgery early, may cause permanent vision loss.

What is the lens?

The lens is an integral part of the eye as it helps it in focusing light, and/or image, on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. Light passes through the transparent lens to the retina in a typical eye.

Once the retina is reached, light is then changed to nerve signals that are sent to the brain.

For the retina to receive a sharp and precise image, the lens must be clear. The lens can be cloudy due to cataract thus, the image seen will be blurred. Hence, it is that important to address cataract the soonest and have it removed to restore a bright vision.