In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of those aged 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As reported by the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, in excess of 50% of all Americans will have had a cataract.
A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens in the eye; one that limits or affects the how light enters into the eye. Cataracts are an expected result of aging. Additional risk factors for developing a cataract include ongoing exposure to UV rays from the sun, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, family medical history, steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
Throughout the early phases of cataract development, stronger lights and eyeglasses can be used to reduce the vision problems you might experience. At a certain point in the future, however, surgery may be the solution to help your vision. More than 9 out of 10 sufferers who have cataract surgery regain great vision.
If you are over 55 years old and experiencing low vision, the time has come to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your golden years.