What Causes Eye Cataracts




Inside our eyes, there is a structure called the CRYSTALLINE LENS.......... Just like a piece of crystal, the human lens provides clear vision. ... Hence the expression "crystal clear"

The major function of the lens is ; FFFoooCUS. ...=FOCUS

The Cilliary muscles and suspension ligaments assist the crystalline lens in achieving this function of FOCUS

As we grow older , new lens fibres are formed while older ones move outwards thus causing an expansion and thickening of the lens cortex

As the lens gets thicker, it also becomes harder and less flexible for FFFOOOOCUS..... also the "water-pump" mechanism necessary for transparency, nutrient supply and waste removal begins to decline, resulting in dump and build up of waste. A cataract soon begins to form


What Causes Eye Cataracts

Most cataracts develop as one advances in age or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye's lens.

Some inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems can increase one`s risk of developing cataracts. Cataracts can also be caused by other eye conditions, past eye surgery or medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes. Long-term use of steroid medications, too, can cause cataract to develop.

Cataract scatters and also obstructs the light as it passes through the lens, preventing a sharply defined image from reaching your retina. As a result, one`s vision becomes blurred.

Cataracts in a general view develop in both eyes, but not evenly. If cataract affects one eye, it may be more advanced than the other, causing a difference in vision between eyes.


What Causes Eye Cataracts

"What Causes Eye Cataracts"


Risk factors

Factors that increase your risk of cataracts include:

1.Increasing age

2.Uncontrolled Diabetes

  1. Excessive exposure to sunlight
  2. Smoking
  3. Obesity

6.Poorly controlled Hypertension (High blood pressure)

  1. Previous eye injury or inflammation
  2. Previous eye surgery
  3. Prolonged use of corticosteroid medications
  4. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol


"What Causes Eye Cataracts"


Oxidative Stress Theory .....as a cause of cataract

One theory has it that due to Oxidative stress, the normal health of cells can begin to deteriorate due to gradual build up of waste products within the cells. The lens is also a tissue affected by this kind of stress.

ANTIOXIDANTS are a group of chemical compounds which help to counteract the effect of harmful free radicals (molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to pollutants such as tobacco smoke or radiation).

Bananas, Oranges, Apple, Strawberries, Blueberries, Vegetables, red beans( kidney beans), carrots

These natural food products help assist to clear the dump of cellular waste.....

Antioxidants also come as supplement capsules or tablets. ..... Having them in our daily diet is useful


Adopting a healthy lifestyle

What you can do to help yourself

"What Causes Eye Cataracts"


It's also worthy to note that healthy lifestyle is important for optimal function of the body... that's a good way to prevent cataract

  • If one have Diabetes, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, it should be well managed by your Physician because these and some other medical conditions affect the eyes too
  • Thyroid disease, and hormonal fluctuations should be seriously given attention......
  • Avoid self medicating on pain killers for prolonged use as this pose a major risk to the development of cataract
  • Treat Sexually Transmitted infections to its final conclusion . Have consultations with a medical doctor for proper management of any disease contacted during INTERCOURSE ( SEX) so as to prevent transmission to the unborn child resulting in babies born with cataract
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"What Causes Eye Cataracts"

I had a 16-year old come in with her 3 month old baby girl. whom had developed Cataract at birth. On probing she first denied having any Sexual Transmitted Disease.. So I told her relatives who brought her to the clinic to excuse me and the 16 yr old. Thereafter, she opened up that she was treating an STI through out the pregnancy with herbal drugs which did not resolve. She also attempted to ABORT the baby earlier in the pregnancy. . BABY WITH CATARACT was the result


What Causes Eye Cataracts

Management of cataract

First of all he has to be examined, and if it is determined to be a matured cataract with good sign of positive vision reversal, surgery can be done

Modern techniques are a available for painless or knife less cataract surgery

It is worthy of note that the only treatment option for cataract is surgery and surgery alone !!


"What Causes Eye Cataracts"


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