Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Did you know that cataracts are the most common source of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than fifty percent of the population who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they hit 80, in excess of 50% of all Americans will have either had cataract surgery, or will have a cataract.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens in the eye, which limits or changes the passage of light into the eye. Inside your eye, the lens exists within a sort of sac or capsule. As soon as more mature cells stop functioning, they end up caught inside the capsule. After some time, more and more cells follow suit and assemble, which causes the lens to cloud, which makes eyesight fuzzy or blurry. For most people, cataracts are a natural side effect of aging. Additional risks for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, ongoing steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
During the first phases of cataract development, brighter lights and glasses can be used to reduce the vision issues you may have begun to notice. At some point, though, surgery may be needed to rectify your vision. It's worth nothing that more than 90% of sufferers who've had cataract surgery recover perfect or near perfect sight.
If you are in your fifties and noticing low vision symptoms, call the office to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.