Cataract Medical Definition

What is a Cataract?” 

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Cataract Medical Definition

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Cataract medical definition: A cataract is a medical condition that clouds the otherwise clear lens of the eye. A cataract will blur vision, acting almost like a fogged window, which can make certain daily activities riskier like driving, bicycling, or using stairways. Cataract repair surgery is a fairly common procedure which helps clear the foggy portion of the eye lens. 

Signs and symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Clouded, blurred or dim vision
  • Increasing difficulty with vision at night
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Need for brighter light for reading and other activities
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
  • Fading or yellowing of colors
  • Double vision in a single eye

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Cataract in Medical Malpractice Cases

Mending a cataract requires a specific type of surgery. It is a common and generally safe procedure, but as with all medical procedures, the risk of complications is always present. If complications arise due to the negligence of a doctor or nurse involved in the operation, and the complication leads to further injury, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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