Every June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Are you aware that cataracts are the most common source of loss of vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than 50% of all North Americans 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development.
A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens; one which limits or alters the how light enters into the eye. Within your eye, the lens is held inside a sort of sac or capsule. As soon as aging cells stop functioning, they start to become caught inside the capsule. Over time, a large amount of cells die and accumulate, which causes the lens to get cloudy, leading to vision that is fuzzy or blurry. When it comes to most people, cataracts are a normal side effect of aging. Other possible risks for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, ongoing steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
In the first stages of cataract development, more efficient lights and glasses can be used to lessen the vision issues you may be experiencing. At some point, however, surgery may be the solution to help your eyesight. More than 90 percent of sufferers who’ve had cataract surgery regain great sight.
If you are over 55 years old and noticing low vision symptoms, call Allied Vision Services to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have good vision throughout your golden years.