My baby/child has cataracts, what can I expect to happen?

Congenital cataracts are cataracts which develop in babies and children.

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear and transparent lens inside the eye. If the obstetrician or hospital doctor suspects that a child has a congenital cataract, they will arrange a full examination of the eye and lens. An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) will carry out this examination at hospital.

Some cataracts do not cause visual problems and surgery may not be needed and your child may just have regular appointments to monitor their eyes. If the cataract does affect vision, surgery will usually be considered to remove the affected lens from the eye.

Our information on congenital cataracts provides further details and there are resources for parents of blind and partially sighted children on our website too.

We also have more information on the cogenital cataracts on the RNIB websiteresources for parents of blind and partially sighted children on our website and have produced a factsheet on congenital cataracts:

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