In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring culprit of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of all North Americans 65 or older have some degree of cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the lens; one that blocks or distorts the way light enters into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are a natural side effect of aging. Other possible risks for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, family history, eye injuries and smoking.
Throughout the first stages of cataract development, brighter lights and eyeglasses could be implemented to reduce the vision issues you might be having. At some point, though, surgery may be needed to fix your sight. It's worth nothing that more than 9 out of 10 patients who have cataract surgery recover great vision.
If you are in your fifties and experiencing low vision, it may be time to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your later years.