A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens and may lead to vision problems with the possibility of blindness. The causes of cataracts include aging, diabetes, heavy metal poisoning, exposure to radiation, injury to the eye, and the use of certain drugs, such as steroids. The number one cause of blindness in the world, most cataracts are believed to be the result of free radical damage to the structural proteins, enzymes & membranes of the lens.
Symptoms May Include:
- Gradual, painless loss of vision
- Cloudiness in the eye (difficult to detect in the early stages)
- Occasionally, a cataract may swell and cause secondary glaucoma