It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the main reason behind vision loss among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all North Americans aged 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they hit 80, more than 50 percent of all Americans will either have a cataract or had cataract surgery.
A cataract is a fogging of the lens; one that blocks or affects the path of light into the eye. Within the eye, the lens is found within a sealed bag or capsule. As old cells break down, they get caught within the capsule. As time goes on, more cells die and assemble, which causes the lens to get hazy, making vision fuzzy or unclear. For most people, cataracts are a normal side effect of older age. Additional causes for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, steroid use, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
Throughout the early phases of cataract development, stronger lighting and eyewear could be prescribed to lessen the vision issues you may be experiencing. At some point, however, cataract surgery may be the solution to fix your vision. It's worth nothing that more than 90 percent of patients who've had cataract surgery reacquire perfect or near perfect sight.
If you are in your 60s and having a hard time seeing in low light, call the office 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.