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Cataracts (cont.)

Synonyms and Keywords

cataracts, lens opacity, clouding of the lens, opaque lens, opaque capsule, vision problem, eye problem, cloudy vision, intraocular lens, IOL, extracapsular surgery, phacoemulsification, phaco, small-incision cataract surgery, no-stitch cataract surgery

Authors and Editors

Authors: David A. Paine, MD, resident in ophthalmology; J. Bradley Randleman, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Emory University Department of Ophthalmology, Atlanta, Georgia

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor, eMedicineHealth.com

Previous contributing author and editors:

Author: Angela De Bellis, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology, University Hospital.

Editors: Richard W Allinson, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Ophthalmology, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Scott and White Clinic; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Robert H Graham, MD, Ophthalmologist, Robert H Graham, MD, PC; Affiliated With Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona and Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.


Last Editorial Review: 3/18/2008

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Cataract, Congenital »

A cataract is an opacification of the lens. Congenital cataracts usually are diagnosed at birth.

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