It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most common reason behind deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than half of those who are 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens; one which blocks or distorts the way light enters into the eye. Inside your eye, the lens is held inside a sort of sac or capsule. As more mature cells break down, they start to become caught within the capsule. After some time, more cells die and accrue, causing the lens to become veiled, leading to vision that is blurred or fuzzy. For a lot of people, cataracts are a normal result of older age. Additional causes for developing a cataract include inflammation in the eye, eye injuries and smoking.
In the initial phases of cataract development, stronger lighting and eyewear may be prescribed to lessen the vision problems you may be experiencing. At a certain point in the future, however, cataract surgery might be needed to fix your eyesight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90 percent of people who've had cataract surgery reacquire excellent vision.
If you are in your 60s and experiencing low vision, it's time to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to see well throughout your later years.