Every June, optometrists in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Are you aware that cataracts are the most commonly occurring cause of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of those who are 65 and older have some degree of cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, more than 50 percent of all Americans will either have a cataract or had cataract surgery.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye; one that limits or affects the how light enters into the eye. In the interior part of the eye, the lens is found within a sort of sac or capsule. As aging cells die, they get stuck inside the capsule. As time goes on, more cells follow suit and accrue, causing the lens to cloud, making vision fuzzy or unclear. For a lot of people, cataracts are a natural side effect of aging. Additional risks for developing a cataract include abnormal blood pressure, family history, inflammation of the eye, steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
Throughout the first phases of cataract development, more efficient lights and glasses can be used to lessen the vision problems you might experience. At a certain point, however, cataract surgery might be necessary in order to improve your eyesight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 9 out of 10 patients who've had cataract surgery recover strong sight.
If you are at risk for cataracts and noticing low vision symptoms, the time has come to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your golden years.