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Cataracts: Common but Treatable

Each June, optometrists in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Did you know that cataracts are the most commonly occurring source of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than 50% of the population who are 65 and older have at least some cataract development.

So what exactly is a cataract? A cataract is a fogging of the lens in the eye; one which obstructs or affects the how light enters into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are an expected result of aging. Additional risks for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, long-term steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.

During the first stages of cataract development, brighter lighting and glasses may be prescribed to lessen the vision problems you might be having. At some point, however, cataract surgery may be required to improve your sight. More than 90% of patients who have cataract surgery regain strong sight.

If you are in your 50s and experiencing low vision, call us to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.