May 20th 2016 – Maxivision Super Specialty Eye Hospital, one of the leading eye care facilities in India, today announced a Back to School initiative to support students returning to school after an unusually hot summer.
Cataract is a condition of the eye wherein the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and obstructs vision. When a cataract occurs in a child, it may interfere with his or her visual development. If the cataract is present in just one eye, the child will usually prefer the normal eye and ignore the eye with a cataract, leading to the development of amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (wandering eye) in the affected eye.
Some children are born with cataract while others develop this condition during the first few months or years after the birth. Some cases of cataracts are hereditary while others are related to metabolic or systemic abnormalities. In many cases the cause is unknown. In an older child, cataracts are often related to injuries or ocular inflammation related to diseases such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. When a visually significant cataract occurs, prompt surgery and rehabilitation are required to maximize visual development. The visual outcome for children with cataracts is much more optimistic now than it was a few years ago. However, some eyes will have associated abnormalities, which limit the visual potential and can be obtained despite an early surgery or/and adequate visual rehabilitation.
Cataract surgeries are common in both adults and children. The only change being the use of general anesthesia in the surgery for children.