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)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (2) cataracts (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Carpel tunnel wrist brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)

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)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
hallucinations paranoia 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (2) cataracts (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) worsening depression
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping drowsiness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Carpel tunnel wrist brace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
pain worsened
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
  • 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?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 49 say cataracts is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 7
30s 18
40s 47
50s 98
60s 150
70+ 101
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 16
20-29 years 15
30-39 years 19
40-49 years 36
50-59 years 67
60-69 years 39
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 103
Female 318

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 300
Not Diagnosed 7

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