It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the leading cause of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? Actually, more than 50% of all North Americans aged 65 or older have some degree of 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 the eye, the lens is found within a sealed bag or capsule. As soon as aging cells stop functioning, they become stuck within the capsule. As time goes on, more and more cells cease to function and gather, and this causes the lens to get cloudy, leading to eyesight that is fuzzy or unclear. Cataracts are a natural part of older age. Additional dangers for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, hypertension, family history, ongoing steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
In the early stages of cataract development, brighter lights and glasses could be prescribed to lessen the vision problems you may be experiencing. At a certain point, though, cataract surgery may be needed to rectify your eyesight. More than 90 percent of sufferers who've had cataract surgery regain perfect or near perfect sight.
If you are over age 55 and noticing low vision symptoms, call our office to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to see well throughout your golden years.