It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring cause of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all North Americans who are 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens in the eye, which obstructs or alters the passage of light into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are a normal result of older age. Additional dangers for developing a cataract include extended exposure to UV rays, diabetes, obesity, steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
In the first phases of cataract development, more efficient lighting and glasses could be used to lessen the vision problems you might experience. At some point, however, cataract surgery might be necessary in order to improve your sight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90 percent of sufferers who've had cataract surgery regain perfect or near perfect vision.
If you are in your fifties and perceiving cloudy sight, call us to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.