Senile Cataract is an age related vision impairment condition that is characterized by progressive thickening of the lens of the eye. The signs and symptoms begin with gradual progressive visual deterioration and disturbance in night and near vision. The prominent characteristics of the condition include decreased visual acuity, glare, myopic shift and monocular diplopia.
HOW IS SENILE CATARACT DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Senile Cataract is based on a complete ocular examination by the ophthalmologist. The doctor checks you thoroughly for near and far distance vision, and also for glares in a brightly lit area in case the patient complaints of glare. Swinging flashlight test, slit lamp examination and direct and indirect light ophthalmoscopy are the various tests conducted to diagnose Senile Cataract
HOW IS SENILE CATARACT TREATED?
The definitive treatment of the condition is surgical lens extraction. There are several surgical methods - Intracapsular cataract extraction (ICCE), Extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) or Phacoemulsification that can be opted for based on the condition and doctor recommendation.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senile Cataract is the world’s leading cause of treatable blindness.