June is Cataract Awareness month. Are you aware that cataracts are the most commonly occurring source of loss of vision among adults aged 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all people aged 65 and older have some degree of cataract development.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens; one which limits or distorts the way light enters into the eye. For most people, cataracts are an expected side effect of aging. Additional causes for developing a cataract include being overweight, diabetes, family history, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
In the early stages of cataract development, brighter lighting and eyewear may be used to reduce the vision issues you may have begun to notice. At a certain point in the future, though, surgery might be necessary in order to help your vision. It's worth nothing that more than 90% of patients who've had cataract surgery reacquire great sight.
If you are in your 50s and experiencing low vision, call the office to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.