A significant portion of our custom contact lens patients are children born with cataracts. A cataract is the clouding or opacification of the lens inside the eye. Cataracts in adults form much later in life, and are most often quite slow in progressing. Congenital cataracts are fully opaque at birth and the only option for treatment is a surgery to remove the clouded lens. As an artificial lens implant is not an option for babies, custom designed rigid contact lenses are the best (often only) way to ensure that the child's vision develops. In some cases, a lens implant is a possibility at late teen/adult stage, but often contact lens wear is a long-term option for these patients.