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Cataract and Other Lens Abnormalities

Key Points about Cataracts

  • A cataract is a clouding over the lens of the eye. This can affect your child’s vision. Cataracts in children can cause blindness if they aren't treated.
  • Your child may be born with a cataract (congenital), or it may develop later in life (acquired).
  • Symptoms include cloudy or blurry vision, eyes that are not aligned, and eye movements that can't be controlled.
  • Many children with cataracts need surgery to remove them.
  • Protecting your child’s eyes from the sun may help prevent cataracts and other eye problems later in life.
  • What are cataracts?
  • What causes cataracts?
  • Who is at risk for cataracts?
  • What are the symptoms of cataracts?
  • How are cataracts diagnosed?
  • How can I prevent cataracts?
  • How are cataracts treated?
  • What are possible complications of cataracts?
Children's Team

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Marlet Bazemore

Marlet Bazemore

Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program
Ophthalmologist
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Bethany Karwoski

Residency Program Coordinator for Pediatric Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist
William Madigan

William Madigan

Interim Chief, Ophthalmology
Chair, Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program
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Ophthalmology

Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.

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