What Is A Cataract?
A cataract is nothing more than the natural lens inside the eye. Normally the natural lens is clear, but if it becomes cloudy, it is called a cataract. The word, which is derived from both Greek and Latin, describes the white appearance of a waterfall. Why? Because a very advanced cataract can give the eye a white appearance through the pupil which is usually black. In fact, there are several whitewater rapids in the Nile River called the "cataracts of the Nile", and a challenging portion of the Colorado River referred to as "Cataract Canyon". A cataract usually causes significant vision changes way before the pupil turns white. Therefore, it is uncommon nowadays for people in the U.S. to wait until they progress to such an advanced stage of clouding and vision loss before having corrective surgery.
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