senile cataract

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opacity of the lens of the eye or its capsule. adj., adj catarac´tous.
Causes and Symptoms. Some cataracts result from injuries to the eye, exposure to great heat or radiation, or inherited factors. The great majority, however, are “senile” cataracts, which are apparently a part of the aging process of the human body.

Blurred and dimmed vision are often the first symptoms. The patient may find that a brighter reading light is needed, or objects must be held closer to the eyes for better vision. Continued clouding of the lens may cause double vision; eventually there may be a need for frequent changes of eyeglasses. These symptoms do not necessarily indicate cataract, but if any of them are present, an ophthalmologist should be consulted immediately.
Treatment. The only known effective treatment for cataract is surgical removal of the lens (lens extraction or cataract extraction). The procedure of choice was formerly intracapsular extraction, with total removal of the lens within its capsule. This may be done by forceps or by cryoextraction using a supercooled metal probe that forms a bond with the lens capsule. The inner portion of the lens can be removed by emulsification and aspiration. More recently the removed cataract has been replaced with a plastic intraocular lens. In this procedure the inner portions of the lens (the nucleus and cortex) may be all that is removed; the capsule is retained and the intraocular lens is placed inside it.

The lens of the eye serves only to focus light rays upon the retina. After cataract extraction the loss of the natural lens is compensated for by either special eyeglasses or contact lenses. Implantation of a permanent artificial lens, either during cataract surgery or later, is an alternative to use of cataract spectacles and a removable contact lens.
Patient Care. Eye drops are administered to produce mydriasis and vasoconstriction. Because these patients may have extremely poor eyesight, care should be taken that they do not injure themselves. (See also vision.) Local anesthesia is usually preferred for the surgical procedure and preoperative medications are given to produce drowsiness. Ambulatory care surgery with same-day admission and discharge is becoming increasingly routine. Careful observation of the patient on follow-up visits is important. One needs to be on the alert for a complaint of pain in the eye followed by nausea and vomiting. These could be signs that the patient has increased intraocular pressure within the operative eye and measures need to be taken to reduce the pressure.
after-cataract any membrane of the pupillary area after extraction or absorption of the lens. See also secondary cataract.
atopic cataract cataract occurring, most often in the second to third decade, in those with longstanding atopic dermatitis.
brown cataract (brunescent cataract) senile cataract appearing as a brown opacity.
capsular cataract one consisting of an opacity of the capsule of the lens.
complicated cataract secondary cataract.
cortical cataract an opacity in the cortex of the lens.
hypermature cataract one in which the entire lens capsule is wrinkled and the contents have become solid and shrunken, or soft and liquid.
immature cataract (incipient cataract) an incomplete cataract; the lens is only slightly opaque and the cortex clear.
intumescent cataract a mature cataract that progresses; the lens becomes swollen from the osmotic effect of degenerated lens protein, and this may lead to secondary angle closure (acute) glaucoma.
lenticular cataract opacity of the lens not affecting the capsule.
mature cataract a cataract that produces swelling and opacity of the entire lens; cataracts are removed before maturity.
presenile cataract a subcapsular senile cataract in a person under 40 years of age.
secondary cataract a cataract, usually posterior subcapsular, that arises from either disease (especially iridocyclitis), degeneration (such as chronic glaucoma or retinal detachment), or surgery (such as glaucoma filtering or retinal reattachment).
senile cataract cataract with no obvious cause occurring in persons over 50 years old.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

se·nile cat·a·ract

a cataract occurring spontaneously in old people; mainly a cuneiform cataract, nuclear cataract, or posterior subcapsular cataract, alone or in combination.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

se·nile cat·a·ract

(sen'il kat'ăr-akt)
A cataract occurring spontaneously in old people; mainly a cuneiform cataract, nuclear cataract, or posterior subcapsular cataract, alone or in combination.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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Selenium concentrations in serum, lens and aqueous humor of patients with senile cataract. Acta Ophthalmol Scand.
It is also well documented that the development of senile cataract has a strong genetic link of hereditary predisposition.
Group 1--40 Senile cataract patients of age between 50-80 years.
The most common complaint of patients with senile cataract include
The most common pathologies in subjects still driving despite noncompliance with the BBCDL vision criteria were senile cataract (38.5%), diabetic retinopathy (23.1%), choroid rupture (11.5%) in group 1; senile cataract (55.3%), diabetic retinopathy (14.9%), and AMD+senile cataract (6.4%) in group 2; and senile cataract (63.6%), AMD+senile cataract (18.2%), posterior capsule opacity (9.1%) and branch retinal vein occlusion (9.1%) in group 3 (Table 4).
In two open trials performed in the 1930s, 60% to 90% of patients with incipient senile cataracts had visual improvement following supplementation with the vitamin, improvement that was sometimes marked.
Lens-Induced Glaucoma (LIG) is a common condition seen in patients with senile cataracts and it is one of the commonest cause of secondary glaucoma that requires an immediate attention and management to prevent blindness.
Inclusion Criteria were patients undergoing manual SICS with a PC IOL implantation, age group between 50 to 70 years and patients with senile cataract up to Grade 3 nuclear sclerosis.
On the other hand, in the eyes with senile cataract, higher degrees of image averaging allowed a further increase in image quality and may therefore be clinically useful.
Characteristics of the corneal endothelium and pseudoexfoliation syndrome in patients with senile cataract. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol.
postop IOP NA 16 Type of vascular Incomplete central Arterial branch occlusion vein occlusion occlusion Day of onset 1 14 Ocular risk factor None None Medical risk factors Myeloproliferative Arterial syndrome hypertension Case number 7 8 Sex Female Female Age 71 75 Indication Senile cataract Senile cataract Surgical procedure Phaco, PCL Phaco, PCL Preop BCVA (logMAR) 0.4 1.0 Final BCVA (logMAR) 0.8 HM (2.0) Max.
With senile cataract being the most common type of cataract in developing countries [19] and since there is an ATR shift in astigmatism with age [18], most cataract patients in developing countries may have preoperative ATR astigmatism.