August is Cataract Awareness Month

August 20th, 2015 by Carolina Eye Associates

August is Cataract Awareness Month

August is Cataract Awareness Month

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts.

What is the treatment for cataracts?
Although cataracts are common, they are very simple to treat. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which prevents passage of light into the eye. The solution to cataracts is cataract surgery, which requires an ophthalmic (eye) surgeon to remove the weakened lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens (IOL).

Is cataract surgery safe?
Cataract surgery is a delicate operation. Yet with a success rate of 95 percent, it is one of the safest and most effective operations done today. Your surgeon will remove your clouded lens and replace it with an IOL. Only a miniscule incision in the cornea is necessary to do this procedure.

How long does it take to recover from cataract surgery?
In many cases, patients often can see well enough to resume normal activities a few days after having cataract surgery. Your vision will continue to improve over the following weeks and months. However, if you have additional eye problems, such as glaucoma, your recovery time may take longer.

Do cataracts only affect seniors?
Cataracts can affect anyone! Although most people don’t show symptoms until the age of 40, cataracts can also affect young adults and even children. Risk factors that may lead to getting cataract at a younger age include:

 Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
 Certain diseases, such as diabetes
 Inflammation in the eye
 Hereditary influences
 Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother
 Long-term steroid use
 Severe long-term nearsightedness (myopia)
 Eye injuries
 Eye diseases
 Smoking

Can I prevent cataracts?
There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, choosing a healthy lifestyle can slow the progression of cataracts. Some ways to delay the progression of cataracts include avoiding smoking, reducing exposure to UV rays, eating healthy foods and wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injury.

If you would like more information on cataracts or advanced technology lenses call (910) 255-2095 or toll-free at (800) 733-5357 or click here.

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