Every June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Are you aware that cataracts are the main cause of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than half of those 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is like a veil in front of the eye's lens; one which blocks or changes the path of light into the eye. Within the eye, the lens is found within a membrane or capsule. When more mature cells break down, they get trapped within the capsule. As time goes on, more and more cells die and accrue, which causes the lens to become veiled, leading to vision that is fuzzy or unclear. When it comes to most people, cataracts are a natural result of aging. Additional risks for developing a cataract include high blood pressure, family history, ongoing steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
During the initial phases of cataract development, more efficient lighting and eyeglasses can be used to reduce the vision problems you may have begun to notice. At a certain point, however, surgery might be required to help your sight. More than 90% of people who have cataract surgery recover perfect or near perfect vision.
If you are over 55 years old and noticing low vision symptoms, call our office to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.