Cataract Awareness Month – Get the Facts!

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40. They are also the principal cause of blindness in the world. Fifty percent of all Americans will develop cataracts by the age of 80.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens and usually progresses slowly. If left untreated, cataracts may result in blindness. An annual eye exam with your eye care professional can help identify the cataract early and allow for treatment.

Symptoms of Cataracts

  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to sunlight or bright lights
  • Lack of brightness in colors
  • Increased nearsightedness
  • Seeing “halos” around lights

Risk Factors for Developing Cataracts

  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High Blood Pressure

Protect Your Vision

Though there is no proven way to prevent cataracts. Healthy living, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays and not smoking will help you reduce your risk of developing cataracts.

In the early stage of cataracts, when your vision begins to change, you may be able to use handheld magnifiers, filter lenses to heighten contrast or improved lighting to help with everyday activities.

A decline in your vision does not mean you need to stop participating in your favorite activities. Your eye care professional will be able to help you navigate treatment options and offer suggestions on low vision aids that can help you use your vision to the fullest. Connect with us with questions or to request information on low vision aids that will fit your needs.