In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring source of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of the population aged 65 and older have some degree of cataract development. As reported 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.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is like a veil in front of the eye's lens, which blocks or distorts the passage of light into the eye. When it comes to most people, cataracts are a normal side effect of older age. Additional causes for developing a cataract include being overweight, diabetes, inflammation in the eye, long-term steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
Throughout the early stages of cataract development, more efficient lights and eyewear could be used to lessen the vision issues you may be experiencing. At a certain point, though, cataract surgery might be required to fix your vision. It's worth nothing that more than 9 out of 10 people who have undergone cataract surgery recover strong sight.
If you are over 55 and perceiving cloudy vision, the time has come to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to be able to see well throughout your golden years.