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Does anyone know anything about Congenital Cataracts?

So my local Optomatrist diagnosed my 4 year old with a congenital cataract. Anyone out there know anything about them? It's a nuclear cataract, he told us, and referred us on to a specialist. Knowing absolutely nothing is driving me crazy, and looking it up online is kinda hard, cuz there are SOOO many different sites to look at, and some contradict each other. And it's easier to talk to someone about it who's been through it then just reading the cold hard facts. And yeah, I could be patient and just wait for the specialist...but who has patience when it's their child??? Lol thanks to all who read, and any who reply!!!

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Sexymama1929

Asked by Sexymama1929 at 11:44 PM on Sep. 18, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • See if you can find a web site that is based for this. I have a very rare degenerative eye disease and I actually found an on-line support group for it through yahoo
    beyondhopes

    Answer by beyondhopes at 11:48 PM on Sep. 18, 2010

  • cloudiness in the lens of the eye. This means the lens is no longer transparent. The lens is located behind the iris which focuses light rays on to the retina. The retina is the inner layer at the back of the eye. For a child to be able to see, light has to pass through the transparent lens to focus on the retina. Cataracts can occur in one or both eyes. What causes most cataracts is unknown. We do know that some cataracts are linked to metabolic and infectious diseases and some syndromes. In most cases, the cause cannot be identified. About one third of cataracts are hereditary. For example, the child's grandparent or parent may have been born with a cataract. The parent and child usually have a cataract in the same part of the lens, as well as the same type of cataract. Most cataracts are invisible until they became dense enough to cause loss of sight. When the lens becomes cloudy it thickens and the pupil appears white.

    iNk-FrEaK

    Answer by iNk-FrEaK at 12:08 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

  • symptoms
    Glare, A white pupil known as leukocoria - this is due to the cataract showing through the pupil. The pupil is just a hole or opening which also assists in the focusing of light rays.
    Poor vision light is not getting through the lens, because it's no longer transparent.
    In the older child the eye can turn. This is called Strabismus, or commonly known as a squint. A "turn" occurs because the eye can not focus properly.
    If your child needs surgery
    Cataracts are usually treated by surgically removing the lens of the eye. The lens is removed by making a small incision in the eye. The operation usually takes about an hour. Your child may either, stay for the day or may have to stay in hospital overnight. Your child will return to the ward with an eye pad covering the operated eye. This pad will be removed the next day.
    iNk-FrEaK

    Answer by iNk-FrEaK at 12:11 AM on Sep. 19, 2010

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