Prevent Blindness America, a nonprofit organization that focuses on promoting eye health and fighting vision loss, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. During this month, vision professionals across the country – including those at Larson Eye Care – encourage the general public to learn more about cataracts and focus on early intervention.
What is a cataract?
A cataract is an eye condition characterized by clouding within the normally clear lens of the eye. Although cataracts are most common in older individuals, they can affect anyone at any age.
Cataracts can be caused by:
- Sun exposure
- High blood pressure
- Previous eye injury or surgery
- Long-term use of corticosteroid medication
Since cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in the United States, regular eye checkups are essential.
What are the symptoms of a cataract?
The vast majority of cataracts develop gradually. At first, you might notice some blurred or double vision in certain circumstances – for instance, at night. Over time, your symptoms may become so severe and persistent that they impact your daily life.
Common symptoms associated with cataracts include:
- Cloudy or blurry vision
- Increased light sensitivity
- Problems seeing at night
- Yellowing of colors
- Halos surrounding lights
- Regular changes in your vision prescription
- Double vision in one eye
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should receive a comprehensive, dilated eye exam to rule out cataracts or any other vision disorder.
What is the treatment for cataracts?
The only way to remove cataracts and restore your vision is through surgery. During cataract surgery, your physician will remove the clouded lens from your eye and replace it with an artificial lens, also known as an intraocular lens.
Cataract surgery is the most common form of eye surgery in the country. This routine, straightforward procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Your doctor will instruct you to take it easy for the next few days, as well as regularly use antibiotic eye drops. Most people can see clearly only hours after the procedure.
Larson Eye Care offers comprehensive eye examinations as well as cataract surgery, including both traditional cataract surgery and laser-assisted cataract surgery. For more information, contact us today to discuss your eyecare needs.