June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most commonly occurring culprit of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? In fact, more than 50% of those 65 and older have some degree of cataract development.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which limits or distorts the how light enters into the eye. Within the eye, the lens is found within a membrane or capsule. When more mature cells die, they end up trapped inside the capsule. After some time, more and more cells cease to function and gather, and this causes the lens to get cloudy, which makes eyesight fuzzy or blurry. Cataracts are a normal result of older age. Other risk factors for developing a cataract include abnormal blood pressure, eye injuries and smoking.
During the first phases of cataract development, stronger lighting and eyewear could be implemented to lessen the vision issues you may have begun to notice. At some point, however, cataract surgery may be required to help your vision. It's worth nothing that more than 90% of patients who've had cataract surgery recover strong sight.
If you are at risk for cataracts and perceiving cloudy eyesight, book an appointment to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your golden years.