Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring reason behind deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than fifty percent of the population who are 65 or older have some degree of cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, more than 50 percent of all Americans will either have a cataract or had cataract surgery.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens, which blocks or changes the way light enters into the eye. When it comes to most people, cataracts are an expected side effect of aging. Additional risk factors for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation in the eye, hereditary influences, smoking and eye injuries.
During the initial stages of cataract development, brighter lighting and eyeglasses may be prescribed to lessen the vision problems you might experience. At a certain point, however, surgery might be required to fix your vision. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90% of patients who have undergone cataract surgery regain strong vision.
If you are in your 60s 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 later years.