What are Cataracts?
A cataract is clouding of the eye’s natural lens as a result of a buildup of protein in the lens. Cataracts cause a progressive, painless loss of vision which occurs naturally as we age, and becomes more noticeable over age 65. The cause of cataracts is unknown, although it may be a result of injury, certain medications, illnesses (such as diabetes), exposure to ultraviolet light, and smoking.
Here are some symptoms of Cataracts:
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Double vision
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Poor vision at night
- Yellowish tinged vision
- Frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription
How can we treat Cataracts?
If visual impairment begins to interfere with your ability to read, work or do the things you enjoy, you may want to consider cataract surgery to restore your vision. Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the US, and can be performed quickly and easily with a success rate of over 90 percent and a minimal risk of complications. Consider booking an appointment for a cataract surgery consultation at NVISION, with whom we co-manage cataract surgery for our patients.
What can we do to reduce risk of cataracts?
Growing evidence suggests that long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts, serious eye conditions that can cause vision impairment or loss. Protecting our eyes from the sun’s UV rays and not smoking are practically the only things that are in our power to reduce or slow the progression of cataracts.
Here are a few precautions you can take:
- If at all possible, limit your time in the sun
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Wear sunglasses that filter at least 99% of UV rays when in the sun
Protect Your Children, Too!
Studies show that children receive up to 80% of their exposure to damaging UV rays by age 18, so teaching our children the habit of putting on sunglasses when they go outside is one of the best things to help protect their eyes. Be sure to choose sunglasses that fit their smaller faces, have impact-resistant lenses with quality frames, and have lenses large enough to shield the entire eye.
Our office can help you have your day in the sun and do it safely. We offer quality sunglasses – both prescription and non-prescription – that meet the highest standards for sun protection. And we offer them in styles to suit everyone, from infants through adults. Call us for an appointment today.