It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the main reason behind vision loss among adults aged 55 and older? Actually, more than 50% of those who are 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they hit 80, more than half of all Americans will have had a cataract.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the lens in the eye; one which blocks or affects the passage of light into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are a natural side effect of aging. Other risk factors for developing a cataract include being overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure, long-term steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
Throughout the initial stages of cataract development, more efficient lighting and glasses may be implemented to minimize the vision problems you may have begun to notice. At a certain point in the future, though, a surgical procedure may be the solution to fix your sight. It's worth nothing that more than 90 percent of people who've had cataract surgery regain excellent sight.
If you are over 55 years old and noticing low vision symptoms, it may be 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.