Congenital Cataracts

Even infants may have cataracts. The factors such as rubella disease and the antiviral drugs used in the early stages of pregnancy by mother may cause children affected from congenital cataract. Congenital cataracts may only be noticed by attentive families. In the general examination at birth, pediatricians check whether the baby has cataracts. The eyes of babies should be checked every year.

The control of infants at about 2-2.5 years of age is very important for the prevention of future amblyopia.

What Should We Pay Attention To In The Days Following Cataract Surgery?

  • Do not rub or press on the surgical eye. Avoid compulsive movements such as heavy lifting, straining, coughing.
  • In the early days after surgery, take care not to lie on the side of surgical eye.
  • The surgical eye should not have too much contact with water and soap, especially in the early days. However, you can clean your face by wiping it.
  • You may have a bath by a light shower without allowing water in your eye at the end of the first week after surgery.
  • In the early few days of your surgery, it is normal to feel sensitivity to light, watering, stinging sensation and a slight redness.
  • Use safety glasses in windy and sunny weather, when you go out.
  • You may have your daily activities such as reading, watching TV or walking.
  • Blurred vision is normal in the early days, and your vision will become clearer in the following days.
  • You may use your previous glasses after surgery. However, you may not see well because your visibility has improved.
  • Usually your new glasses would be given after 3-6 weeks following the surgery.
  • Do not drive without having approval from your doctor after the checks.