Cataracts

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What is cataracts?

A cataract is a congenital or degenerative opacity of the lens. The main symptom is gradual, painless vision blurring. Some cataracts appear in infancy or in childhood, but most develop in older individuals. Treatment is surgical removal and placement of an intraocular lens.

Common symptoms reported by people with cataracts

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with cataracts

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

Data from patients with cataracts, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with cataracts

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation incoherent sense of self 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation cold sweat 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (2) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
chronic constipation increased urination 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue laryngopharyngeal reflux
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with cataracts, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has cataracts on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 5
30s 20
40s 47
50s 92
60s 118
70+ 58
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 17
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 60
60-69 years 32
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 254
Not Diagnosed 6

These charts show data from cataracts patients who have completed their condition history
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