June is Cataract Awareness month. Are you aware that cataracts are the most common reason behind vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than half of those aged 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by age 80, more than 50 percent of all Americans will have had a cataract.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, which obstructs or alters the path of light into the eye. When it comes to most people, cataracts are a normal part of older age. Other risks for developing a cataract include strong heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun, hypertension, steroid use, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
In the first phases of cataract development, more efficient lighting and eyewear may be prescribed to reduce the vision issues you may be experiencing. At some point, however, surgery might be necessary in order to help your sight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 9 out of 10 sufferers who have undergone cataract surgery regain great sight.
If you are at risk for cataracts and perceiving cloudy sight, call the office to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.