There are different kinds of cataracts, and they can develop for different reasons. These photos show a few types and stages of cataracts.

Mature Cataract

Mature Cataract
Mature Cataract

One Year After Cataract Surgery

Close up of eye one year after cataract surgery.
One-year post-operative photo of left eye following cataract surgery. A glaucoma valve can also be seen. The patient had sustained significant blunt trauma to the eye in the past.

Congenital Cataract

Congenital cataract (a cataract present at birth).
Congenital cataract (a cataract present at birth), if significant, should be removed at the earliest possible age. Good vision can be obtained if the cataract is removed and the refractive error corrected.

Mature Cataract

Mature Cataract
Mature Cataract

Diabetic Snowflake Cataract

Diabetic cataract, or “snowflake” cataract seen, in rare cases, in patients with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
Diabetic cataract, or “snowflake” cataract, consists of gray-white subcapsular opacities. This type of cataract is seen, in rare cases, in patients with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

Traumatic Cataract

Traumatic cataract after a paintball injury.
Traumatic cataract and iridodialysis after a paintball injury.

Lamellar or Zonular Cataract

Lamellar (or zonular) cataract.
Lamellar or Zonular Cataract

Content shared from The American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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