Cataracts

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • lens opacities
  • opacities of the lens

Disorder Subdivisions

  • after-cataract
  • anterior polar cataract
  • atopic cataract
  • berulean cataract
  • blue dot cataract
  • complicated cataract
  • congenital cataract
  • coronary cataract
  • diabetic cataract
  • electric cataract
  • heat ray cataract
  • irradiation cataract
  • lemellar cataract
  • perinuclear cataract
  • punctate cataract
  • secondary cataract
  • toxic cataract
  • Traumatic Cataract
  • zonular cataract

General Discussion

Cataracts are abnormalities in the lens of the eye that cause a loss of transparency (opacity). They can occur either in one or in both eyes, and are quite common in the elderly. Congenital cataracts affect infants or young children and are considered to be a rare birth defect. Cataracts tend to cause cloudy vision, and, in many cases, may result in blindness when left untreated.
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Resources

National Association for Visually Handicapped
22 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
USA
Tel: (212)889-3141
Fax: (212)727-2931
Email: staff@navh.org
Internet: http://www.navh.org

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: (617)972-7441
Fax: (617)972-7444
Tel: (800)562-6265
Email: napvi@perkins.org
Internet: http://www.napvi.org

Blind Children's Fund
311 W. Broadway
Suite 1
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Tel: (989)779-9966
Fax: (989)779-0015
Email: bcf@blindchildrensfund.org
Internet: http://www.blindchildrensfund.org

NIH/National Eye Institute
Building 31 Rm 6A32
31 Center Dr MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
United States
Tel: (301)496-5248
Fax: (301)402-1065
Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Cornea Research Foundation of America
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Ste. 212
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Tel: (317)844-5610
Fax: (317)814-2806
Tel: (800)317-3937
Email: elainevoci@cornea.org
Internet: http://www.cornea.org

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