June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most commonly occurring cause of loss of vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than fifty percent of the population 65 or older have some degree of cataract development. As reported by the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, in excess of 50% of all Americans will either have a cataract or had cataract surgery.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens; one which limits or changes the passage of light into the eye. Cataracts are a normal side effect of older age. Other risks for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, family history, inflammation of the eye, smoking and eye injuries.
During the early phases of cataract development, brighter lighting and eyewear could be prescribed to reduce the vision issues you might experience. At some point, however, cataract surgery might be the solution to improve your eyesight. It's worth nothing that more than 90% of sufferers who have cataract surgery recover great vision.
If you are in your fifties and having a hard time seeing in low light, call the office to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your golden years.