Did you know that cataracts are the main cause of vision loss among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of those 65 and older has at the very least, partial cataract development. By old age, it is anticipated that most people will have gotten a cataract, or will have already had surgery to remove it.
So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the eye's lens; one that blocks or distorts the way light enters into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are a normal part of aging. Other dangers for developing a cataract include long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays, being overweight, diabetes, high blood pressure, family history, inflammation of the eye, smoking and eye injuries.
In the early phases of cataract development, brighter lights and glasses can be prescribed to lessen the vision issues you might experience. At a certain point in the future, though, a surgical procedure may be required to improve your eyesight. More than 90% of patients who have undergone cataract surgery reacquire strong vision.
If you are in your 50s and perceiving cloudy sight, call the office to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your golden years.