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June is Cataract Awareness Month: One way to protect our vision is to make a commitment to take care of our eyes today, including getting a dilated eye exam, so we can help protect our sight for the future not just from cataract, but other eye diseases as

Posted on 1 June, 2015 at 3:33
Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye.   It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Unlike many eye diseases, however, vision loss due to cataract can be restored.

Cataract is probably caused by multiple factors acting together; even genetics, but there are many risk factors that can be controlled or eliminated through prevention and lifestyle changes. 

Some of these risk factors are: 
  • Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Long-time steroid use
  • Eye injuries

Even though cataracts are so prevalent, they are very simple to treat. 

  • Cataracts can be detected during a thorough eye examination. The affected lens in your eye can be seen by the doctor while performing a variety of tests using specialized viewing instruments.

  •  The doctor will also perform a thorough examination of the eye to ensure any vision loss is not due to other eye problems, such as diabetes or glaucoma. 

The most common symptoms of a cataract includes:
  • Cloudy or blurry vision.
  • Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work, or you are "dazzled" by strong light.
  • Colors seem faded.
  • Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
  • Poor night vision: Difficulties reading or driving at night
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • These symptoms also can be a sign of other eye problems. 
If you have any of these symptoms, check with your eye care professional.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cataracts, please request an appointment for your cataract surgery consultation.
  • Cataract Surgery is now one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has a 95 percent success rate.

One way to protect our vision is to make a commitment to take care of our eyes today, including getting a dilated eye exam, so we can help protect our sight for the future not just from cataract, but other eye diseases as well.


 



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