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A cataract is a progressive cloudiness, hardening, and yellowing of the normally transparent lens of the eye. Learn more about cataracts and cataract surgery, as well as other eye conditions that can cause low vision: age-related macular degeneration, macular hole, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. You can also find helpful tips and techniques for everyday living skills and reading and writing, along with helpful products and low vision devices. Register to receive alerts and news relating to vision loss, including the latest updates in medical research.

Cataract Surgery Can Be Beneficial for People with Retinitis Pigmentosa: My Experience

Editor's note: This month is Cataract Awareness Month. Be sure to read this post and all the other important information mentioned in this post about cataract surgery and what you need to know. The Diagnosis I have Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) and two years ago my retinal specialist noted on a regular checkup that I had developed cataracts on both eyes. The cataracts were sitting right in the center of my only remaining window of vision. They were the type of cataracts that are commonly found in RP patients. About 50% of patients with RP develop them. My doctor explained that


From Cataract to Accomplishment

by Maribel Steel Sometimes I get the feeling that we are meant to meet certain people in our lives or be in a specific place at a specific time – even though we don’t quite understand why. Getting a Diagnosis Twenty years ago, when my many roles included being a wife and mother, a care-giver to my elderly mother-in-law, a midwife to a menagerie of farm animals and the secretary to our family business, the cloudiness of my vision had become disturbing. The diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) had been a part of our lives for several years but the constant haze as if looking out from behind a foggy windscreen obscuring vision was getting worse. It was time


Open Yourself to Life as a Person Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Angela Winfield Editor's note: New peer advisor Angela Winfield, Esq. who lost her vision from complications with cataracts, glaucoma and uveitis, is a practicing attorney at a prestigious firm, but does much, much more. In her own words,"In my different roles as attorney, author, motivational speaker and professional coach, I help people break through barriers, overcome obstacles and resolve conflicts so they can succeed in


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