In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring reason behind deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all people 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the eye's lens; one that blocks or alters the path of light into the eye. Within your eye, the lens exists within a sort of sac or capsule. As soon as aging cells break down, they become caught within the capsule. After some time, a large amount of cells die and accrue, which causes the lens to become veiled, making vision fuzzy or unclear. For most people, cataracts are an expected part of aging. Additional dangers for developing a cataract include strong heat or ongoing exposure to the sun's UV rays, diabetes, obesity, abnormal blood pressure, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
In the initial phases of cataract development, stronger lighting and eyewear could be prescribed to lessen the vision problems you may have begun to notice. At a certain point in the future, however, a surgical procedure might be needed to improve your eyesight. It's worth nothing that more than 90 percent of patients who have cataract surgery recover excellent vision.
If you are at risk for developing cataracts and noticing low vision symptoms, call the office to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to be able to see well throughout your later years.