About Cataracts and CTX
Cataracts are clouding that occurs inside the eye’s natural lens. CTX is short for cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (pronounced suh-ree-bro-ten-din-us zan-tho-ma-toe-sis). When you have CTX, your body is unable to break down cholesterol properly. This causes toxins called cholestanol and bile alcohols to build up in your body. Over time, this can cause serious health problems. One of the first signs or symptoms of CTX is often early-onset idiopathic bilateral cataracts, which refers to cataracts in both eyes (bilateral) that started at a young age (early-onset) without any clear cause (idiopathic).
Clinical research is needed to learn more about the relationship between early-onset bilateral cataracts and CTX. This study will examine how many people have early-onset bilateral cataracts that are related to CTX, as well as what other symptoms they may be experiencing. This information may help doctors more to quickly identify and treat CTX in future patients.
For more information about CTX, speak to your doctor or visit AboutCTX.com.