Cataract Surgery | Types, Complications, Recovery, Costs & More

3. A congenital cataract

A congenital cataract is a less common type of cataract. A pediatric cataract is usually caused by an intrauterine infection such as rubella. However genetic syndromes and congenital disorders can be associated with cataracts.

Congenital cataracts don’t essentially affect the vision but if it does, the baby’s lens should be replaced surgically. If a pediatric cataract is neglected and hasn’t been treated as soon as it significantly affects the eyesight, the patient develops an irreversible condition called amblyopia (lazy eye) in which the brain suppresses its perception of the image from the diseased eye.