June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the main cause of deteriorating vision among adults aged 55 and older? Actually, more than half of all North Americans who are 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye; one that obstructs or affects the way light enters into the eye. In the interior part of the eye, the lens is held inside a membrane or capsule. As aging cells stop functioning, they get stuck within the capsule. After some time, more cells follow suit and accrue, and this causes the lens to get hazy, leading to eyesight that is blurry. Cataracts are a natural result of older age. Other potential risk factors for developing a cataract include being overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure, family medical history, long-term steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
During the first phases of cataract development, more efficient lights and glasses can be used to reduce the vision issues you may have begun to notice. At a certain point in the future, however, a surgical procedure may be necessary in order to fix your eyesight. It's worth nothing that more than 90 percent of patients who've had cataract surgery reacquire great sight.
If you are in your 60s and having a hard time seeing in low light, call our office to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to see well throughout your golden years.