Each June, optometrists in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Have you been informed that cataracts are the leading reason behind vision loss among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than fifty percent of those 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the lens, which obstructs or changes the passage of light into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are an expected part of aging. Additional risk factors for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, family history, cigarettes and various eye injuries.
In the early phases of cataract development, stronger lights and glasses may be implemented to minimize the vision problems you may be experiencing. At a certain point in the future, though, surgery might be necessary in order to fix your eyesight. More than 90% of patients who have undergone cataract surgery regain great sight.
If you are in your 60s and having a hard time seeing in low light, book an appointment to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your golden years.