Do you know that cataracts are the leading culprit of vision loss among those 55 and older? In fact, more than fifty percent of those who are 65 and older has some degree of cataract development. By the age of 80, it is likely that the majority of people will have gotten a cataract, or will have already had one removed.
A cataract is like a veil in front of the lens; one that obstructs or distorts the passage of light into the eye. For a lot of people, cataracts are a normal part of aging. Additional risk factors for developing a cataract include family history, inflammation of the eye, ongoing steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.
In the early stages of cataract development, stronger lighting and glasses may be prescribed to minimize the vision problems you might experience. Eventually, though, cataract surgery might be needed to improve your eyesight. More than 90 percent of patients who've had cataract surgery regain excellent vision.
If you are at risk for developing cataracts and experiencing low vision, call the office to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. Cataracts are treatable, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your later years.