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Posterior subcapsular polar age-related cataract Save

ICD-10 code: H25.04

Chapter: Diseases of the eye and adnexia

Understanding Posterior Subcapsular Polar Age-Related Cataract

As we age, our eyes undergo a lot of changes, and one of the most common eye problems that affect the elderly is cataract. Cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye due to the build-up of protein, which affects vision. Posterior subcapsular polar age-related cataract (PSPARC) is a specific type of cataract that affects the back of the lens and can cause significant vision problems.

Here are a few things to know about PSPARC:

  1. What causes PSPARC? PSPARC is caused by the build-up of protein in the back of the lens. This build-up can occur due to age-related changes, long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
  2. What are the symptoms? The symptoms of PSPARC include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing in low light conditions, and halos around lights.
  3. How is it diagnosed? An eye doctor can diagnose PSPARC by performing a comprehensive eye exam, which may include a visual acuity test, a dilated eye exam, and other tests to assess the health of the eye.
  4. How is it treated? The treatment for PSPARC is typically surgery. During the surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. This procedure is called cataract surgery and is considered safe and effective.
  5. How can it be prevented? While it may not be possible to prevent PSPARC entirely, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. These include protecting your eyes from UV radiation, managing any medical conditions that may increase your risk, and getting regular eye exams to detect any changes early.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PSPARC, it is important to see an eye doctor right away. They can diagnose the condition and recommend the best course of treatment to help you maintain your vision and quality of life.