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What age do cats get cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness in cats. By the age of 7 years, more than half of all cats will have developed cataracts. Cats with a history of glaucoma, diabetes, thyroid disease and other conditions can be more prone to developing cataracts. Cats with unilateral cataracts also have a higher chance of developing bilateral (both eyes) cataracts.

How are cataracts diagnosed?

Cataracts are diagnosed by examining the eye with a dilated pupil and by performing a slit lamp exam (an eye exam with a specialized light used to view the back of the eye). It is important to note that cataracts can be very difficult to see in some cases. It is not unusual for a cat to have cataracts for years before it is diagnosed. It is also not unusual for a cat to have cataracts in only one eye and not in the other.

How are cataracts treated?

Surgery is the most effective way to treat cataracts, but if cataracts are bilateral (both eyes have cataracts), then procedure will have to be performed on both eyes.

What are the risks of cataracts?

Cataracts can cause a variety of problems. The most severe risk is that a cataract can cause blindness. Other risks include the following:

• Diabetic retinopathy (problems with the blood vessels that supply the retina.)

• Glaucoma (a problem with the drainage of fluid from the eye.)

• Cataracts can lead to poor vision.

• Cataracts can cause corneal ulcers, which can lead to blindness.

• Cataracts can lead to cataract surgery, a procedure that involves removing the cataract.

• Cataract surgery is an expensive procedure and can be very painful for the cat.

• Cataracts can cause a decrease in night vision, which can be very dangerous.

• Cataracts can cause poor depth perception and poor ability to see in low light.

• Cataracts can cause diplopia (double vision), which is a very serious problem that can lead to a loss of depth perception and cause collisions between cars, people and other objects.

• Cataracts can cause distortions of the image in the retina.

What are the risks of cataract surgery?

Cataract surgery is an expensive procedure and can be very painful for the cat.

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