What are cataracts?

Cataracts are a very common eye condition. As we get older the lens inside our eye gradually changes and becomes less transparent (clear). A lens that has turned misty, or cloudy, is said to have a cataract. Over time a cataract can get worse, gradually making your vision mistier. A straightforward operation can usually remove the misty lens and replace it with an artificial lens to enable you to see more clearly again.

More information can be found our cataract web page.

We also have a cataract leaflet, part of our Understanding series:

For further advice and information about cataracts and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline:

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