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 the hospital.

Some cataracts do not cause visual problems and surgery may not be needed, meaning 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.

More information can be found on our congenital cataracts and resources for parents of blind and partially sighted children webpages and in our congenital cataracts factsheet:

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

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