It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most common reason behind loss of vision among adults aged 55 and older? Actually, more than 50% of all North Americans aged 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As reported by the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, in excess of 50% of all Americans will have either had cataract surgery, or will have a cataract.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the lens, which blocks or alters the way light enters into the eye. When it comes to most people, cataracts are a natural side effect of aging. Additional risk factors for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, family medical history, ongoing steroid use, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
Throughout the initial phases of cataract development, more efficient lights and eyeglasses can be prescribed to reduce the vision problems you may be experiencing. Eventually, however, cataract surgery might be required to improve your eyesight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90 percent of people who have undergone cataract surgery recover great vision.
If you are in your 60s and perceiving cloudy sight, call the office to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to see well throughout your golden years.