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What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye. 

Normally, light rays pass through the clear lens inside the eye and are focussed on the retina. When the precise arrangement of proteins inside the lens is disturbed, the light passing through it is scattered and absorbed, and causes a hazy image on the retina.


What causes cataracts?

The most common cause of a cataract is change that occurs with ageing. The natural lens in the eye becomes yellow or white.

There are many other conditions which can cause cataracts at a younger age, such as diabetes, trauma, infection, radiation and metabolic diseases. Children can develop cataracts and babies can sometimes be born with cataracts.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Early cataracts typically cause increased glare, difficulty to see clearly (especially in dim light) and a sensation often described as “seeing through a film”. It causes decreased contrast sensitivity (ability to distinguish different shades) and colours are not so vivid any more.

As cataracts advance, your spectacle prescription may change more frequently, or you may not be able to read clearly or see clearly in the distance, even with spectacles. It can even cause a double image.


More than half a century's worth of combined practice, professionalism, and utmost dedication to their fields of expertise assure patients that they're in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists.



The George Surgical Centre, established in 2012, is a world-class day hospital dedicated to modern Eye Surgery. Other procedures such as Cosmetic Surgery, is also performed here. Easy access via George Airport enables service delivery to patients from other areas outside the Southern Cape.



Garden Route Eye Clinic is equipped to perform specialist eye treatment and advanced eye surgery. We utilise only the latest methods and modern equipment to ensure that our patients receive the best possible eye treatment.


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