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Senile Cataract

January 03, 2012  by: Dr. Simran Kaur  Points: 8   Category: Health  Earning $0.15   Views: 583

Senile cataract is very common cataract of eye. It usually occurs above the age of 50 years. It is usually bilateral. Senile cataract is an aging process.

         

Senile cataract is very common cataract of eye. It usually occurs above the age of 50 years. It is usually bilateral. Senile cataract is an aging process.

Types-

1. Cortical cataract.

2. Nuclear cataract.

Nuclear cataract and cortical senile cataracts co-exist in same eye.


Causes-

1. Heredity.

2. Excess exposure to ultraviolet rays from sunlight.

3. Diet deficient in proteins, vitamins.

4. Smoking.

5. Diabetes mellitus.

6. Myotonic dystrophy.

7. Atopic dermatitis.


Symptoms-

1. Intolerance of bright light.

2. Uniocular polyopia.

3. Colored halos.

4. Black spots in front of eyes may be perceived by some patients.

5. Blurred images.

6. Painless and gradual loss of vision.


Investigations-

1. Visual acute testing.

2. Oblique illumination examination.

3. Test for iris shadow.

4. Distant direct ophthalmoscopic examination.

5. Slit lamp examination.




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