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Cataracts: Common but Treatable

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most commonly occurring culprit of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of the population who are 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As reported by the National Eye Institute, by age 80, in excess of 50% of all Americans will either have a cataract or had cataract surgery.

A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens; one which limits or alters the how light enters into the eye. Within the eye, the lens is found within a sort of sac or capsule. When old cells stop functioning, they end up trapped inside the capsule. After some time, more cells cease to function and gather, which causes the lens to become veiled, leading to vision that is fuzzy or unclear. Cataracts are a natural result of older age. Other potential risks for developing a cataract include being overweight, diabetes, family medical history, inflamed eyes, smoking and eye injuries.

In the early phases of cataract development, stronger lighting and eyewear may be used to lessen the vision issues you may have begun to notice. Eventually, however, surgery may be necessary in order to help your sight. More than 90% of people who have cataract surgery reacquire excellent sight.

If you are at risk for developing cataracts and having a hard time seeing in low light, you might want to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your golden years.