Congenital Cataracts

What Are Congenital Cataracts?

A congenital cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that occurs in the developing baby at some point during pregnancy. The lens of the eye is located behind the colored iris. Its job is to help focus light entering the eye. When a cataract is present, vision can be impaired because light cannot properly reach the retina, which is the inner layer at the back of the eye. Congenital cataracts can occur in one or both eyes.

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