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Cataracts: Common but Treatable

Each June, eye care professionals in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Are you aware that cataracts are the main reason behind loss of vision among patients who are over 55 years old? More so, more than half of those who are 65 or older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they hit 80, more than 50 percent of all Americans will have either had cataract surgery, or will have a cataract.

A cataract is a fogging of the eye's lens; one that blocks or affects the path of light into the eye. Within your eye, the lens is contained in a sort of sac or capsule. When old cells die, they get caught inside the capsule. Eventually, more and more cells die and accumulate, and this causes the lens to get cloudy, which makes eyesight blurred or fuzzy. Cataracts are an expected result of older age. Additional dangers for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, inflammation in the eye, hereditary influences, ongoing steroid use, cigarettes and various eye injuries.

In the first stages of cataract development, stronger lights and glasses may be implemented to minimize the vision issues you might experience. At some point, however, a surgical procedure may be necessary in order to improve your vision. But, it's comforting to know that more than 9 out of 10 patients who've had cataract surgery regain strong sight.

If you are in your 60s and experiencing low vision, it's time to discuss cataracts with your eye doctor. The prognosis for cataracts is excellent, and we know you want to be able to see well throughout your later years.

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