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Friday, June 10, 2016

Cataract Awareness

June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. as well as the world. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye. They prevent light from entering into the eye. 

Cataracts are simple to treat. They most often are treated with cataract surgery. The surgeon will remove the deteriorated lens and replace it with an artificial lens. Each year more than 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery. It only last about 20 minutes. Life is only interrupted for a short time period. Cataract surgery has a sucess rate of 95% only a miniscule incision is needed to perform the surgery. 

Cataracts can affect anyone Most people do not show symptoms until the age of 40 or later. Cataracts can affect young children and adults as well. Eye disease, heredity, eye injury, and smoking may cause cataracts to develop earlier. While there are no proven tricks to prevent cataracts in one's life there are a few things you may consider doing. Having a healthy lifestyle, don't smoke, reduce exposure to UV rays , eat healthy foods, and wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injury.

Cataracts are something that you may have, know someone that has had catarcts or may lay in your future for you or someone you know. The person to best talk to concerning cataracts is an eye care professional. Take a short little educational survey to learn a bit more here.

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