It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most common reason behind vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than fifty percent of all North Americans 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. As reported by the National Eye Institute, by the time they hit 80, more than 50 percent of all Americans will have either had cataract surgery, or will have a cataract.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye; one which limits or alters the passage of light into the eye. Cataracts are a normal part of older age. Other causes for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, abnormal blood pressure, inflammation in the eye, long-term steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
In the first phases of cataract development, stronger lights and glasses could be prescribed to minimize the vision issues you might experience. At a certain point, however, a surgical procedure might be necessary in order to fix your vision. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90% of sufferers who have undergone cataract surgery regain excellent vision.
If you are over 55 years old and experiencing low vision, call our office to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your later years.