It is said that at least one in 250 children will end up with cataract formation before birth or during early childhood. A cataract is born from an excess protein layer that coats the lens of the eye and gives rise to symptoms like blurry vision, near sightedness, difficulties in colour recognition and double vision.
HOW IS CATARACTS IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis for children is slightly tricky as one cannot put the child through a reading test. Yet, the ophthalmologist will diagnose the issue with a physical examination of the eyes and the lens, with the help of vision tests that will not harm the delicate senses of the child.
HOW IS CATARACTS IN CHILDREN TREATED?
The treatment will be carried out by the ophthalmologist who will usually prescribe visual aids like glasses for the child to wear. Most children will need to undergo a surgery for cataract removal so as to stop the growth of the same and prevent vision impairment.
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