It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the main reason behind deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than half of all people who are 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens, which limits or distorts the how light enters into the eye. Cataracts are a natural part of aging. Other potential risks for developing a cataract include family history, steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
During the initial phases of cataract development, more efficient lighting and eyewear may be implemented to minimize the vision issues you might experience. At a certain point in the future, however, a surgical procedure might be necessary in order to improve your vision. More than 9 out of 10 people who've had cataract surgery regain strong vision.
If you are in your 50s and perceiving cloudy eyesight, you ought to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.