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CATARACTS IN CHILDREN
Cataracts in children occur when changes in the lens of the eye cause it to become less transparent (clear). This results in cloudy or misty vision. Childhood cataracts are often referred to as:
• congenital cataracts – cataracts present when a baby is born or shortly afterwards
• developmental, infantile or juvenile cataracts – cataracts diagnosed in older babies or children
HOW IS CATARACTS IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
When you notice rapid wobbling of eyes in your baby or loss of focus, you should get a complete eye examination. In the field of ophthalmology, there are various techniques such as pupil dilation to identify the cataract.
HOW IS CATARACTS IN CHILDREN TREATED?
The treatment involves surgical removal of a cataract in an infant or child which is done under general anaesthesia using an operating microscope. Once the cataract has been removed, focusing power may be restored by using contact lenses, intraocular lenses or glasses.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cataracts are very rarely found in babies and children, but it may be found in children due to genetics, or infection during pregnancy or low birth weight