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Authors:  (Fahd Anzaar, Rohit Krishna, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Misssouri, and others)
Abstract:
The word „cataract‟ is derived from the Latin term „cataracta‟, which, loosely translated, means „suffusion‟. Another meaning is waterfall, which probably stems from the earliest perceptions of ocular anatomy. The lens was thought to be in the center of the eye, surrounded by a clear space, and a cataract was thought to be an abnormal „humor‟ that developed and flowed in the front of the lens, blocking vision. In current vernacular, it refers to any clouding or opacity in the structure of the lens, such that incident light is not uniformly refracted in all planes and results in decreased visual acuity. There are many causes of cataract, the most common of which is the so-called senile, or age-related cataract. In the present discussion we will limit ourselves to those that are caused secondarily from other diseases, conditions or syndromes, be they vascular, iatrogenic, idiopathic, neoplastic, degenerative, inflammatory, infectious, congenital, traumatic, environmental, genetic, or metabolic. We will then briefly discuss the outcomes of cataract surgery for the various conditions. The actual technicalities of the various types of cataract surgeries are beyond the scope of this discussion, and may be found elsewhere. 


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