June is 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? In fact, more than half of the population aged 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development. According to the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract.
A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens in the eye, which obstructs or changes the passage of light into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are an expected part of older age. Additional risks for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, long-term steroid use, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
Throughout the early stages of cataract development, brighter lights and glasses could be implemented to minimize the vision problems you may have begun to notice. At a certain point in the future, however, cataract surgery might be needed to fix your vision. More than 90 percent of people who have undergone cataract surgery regain strong vision.
If you are in your 50s 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 be able to see well throughout your later years.