Cataract (opaque spots in the lenses of the eyes) is very frequent. Patients complain of blurry vision, and often think they need (new) glasses. Cataract can be treated by surgery: the lens inside the eye that has become cloudy is removed and replaced by an artificial lens (called an intraocular lens) to restore clear vision. The procedure usually is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or other care facility.

For more information, see cataract surgery (in Dutch).

Ptosis (drooping eyelids) is seen very often. This may be so severe that the drooping eyelids may cover the pupils and therefore impair vision. In severe cases, ptosis eye crutches (tools installed to a pair of glasses that support the affected eyelid, enabling the eyelid to stay open) may sometimes be helpful.
Some patients experience poor eyelid closure, also during the night. Eye closure protects the eye form dehydration and infections. Artificial tears or other lubricating eye drops may be beneficial.

Discuss eye problems with your treating physician, if you experience any.

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