In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the most common culprit of loss of vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than fifty percent of those who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens in the eye, which blocks or alters the way light enters into the eye. In the interior part of the eye, the lens is contained in a membrane or capsule. When more mature cells die, they start to become trapped within the capsule. Eventually, a large amount of cells die and gather, and this causes the lens to become veiled, leading to vision that is blurry. For most people, cataracts are a normal result of aging. Additional dangers for developing a cataract include high blood pressure, family history, inflammation of the eye, long-term steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
Throughout the first stages of cataract development, more efficient lighting and eyewear can be implemented to reduce the vision issues you might be having. At a certain point, though, cataract surgery might be required to help your eyesight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90 percent of people who have undergone cataract surgery regain excellent vision.
If you are in your 60s and experiencing low vision, call us to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to be able to see well throughout your later years.