June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the leading source of vision loss among those 55 and older? In fact, more than 50% of the population who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the eye's lens, which blocks or affects the way light enters into the eye. When it comes to most people, cataracts are an expected result of aging. Additional causes for developing a cataract include harsh heat or ongoing exposure to the sun's UV rays, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, family history, eye injuries and smoking.
During the early stages of cataract development, more efficient lights and glasses may be prescribed to reduce the vision problems you might experience. Eventually, however, a surgical procedure might be necessary in order to fix your eyesight. More than 9 out of 10 sufferers who have undergone cataract surgery reacquire excellent vision.
If you are in your 60s and perceiving cloudy vision, the time has come to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to see well throughout your golden years.