June is Cataract Awareness month. Are you aware that cataracts are the most commonly occurring culprit of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? Actually, more than fifty percent of all people aged 65 or older have at least some cataract development.
A cataract is a fogging of the lens, which blocks or changes the how light enters into the eye. Within your eye, the lens exists within a sort of sac or capsule. As old cells stop functioning, they become trapped within the capsule. As time goes on, a large amount of cells cease to function and assemble, causing the lens to get hazy, making vision fuzzy or blurry. When it comes to most people, cataracts are a natural result of older age. Additional causes for developing a cataract include ongoing exposure to the sun's UV rays, being overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation in the eye, ongoing steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
During the early stages of cataract development, stronger lights and glasses can be used to reduce the vision problems you may have begun to notice. Eventually, however, a surgical procedure may be necessary in order to help your eyesight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90 percent of people who have undergone cataract surgery recover perfect or near perfect vision.
If you are in your 60s and experiencing low vision, call us to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to see well throughout your golden years.