June is Cataract Awareness Month!
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States, and it is the leading cause of blindness in the world.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens which causes your vision to become blurry when the cataract stops light from properly passing through to your retina. More than half of all Americans have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.
So how can you stop or slow down the progression of cataracts?
- Be examined yearly by your eye doctor.
- Quit smoking.
- Monitor your eating habits. A diet full of cold water fish, fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is not only good for your body but also great for the health of your eyes.
- Protect your eyes from exposure to UV rays by wearing a quality pair of polarized sunglasses.
How do you know if you have a cataract?
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- The feeling of a "film" over your eyes
- Lights feel too dim for reading
- It becomes more difficult to drive at night due to halos around headlights
- Blinding glare
The longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataracts and restore vision. Early detection and treatment of the cataracts is critical in preserving sight.
The good news is that cataracts are easily treated and the most commonly performed surgery in America. Our surgeons replace the cataract with a clear implant and our no-stitch technique means an extremely quick recovery. Generally no glasses are needed for distance vision after the surgery. Our doctors will evaluate and recommend the appropriate time to remove the cataract. A cataract consultation and removal will completely transform your vision and improve the quality of your life.
So call our office today to schedule your eye exam. Spread the word to your family and friends about how important it is to have an annual eye exam.