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In recognition of Cataract Awareness Month next month, the team at Allied Eye wants to give you the facts on this common condition that affects more than 24 million Americans.
Get the 411 on Cataracts
According to the National Eye Institute, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Cataracts occur when the lens in your eye become cloudy. Due to the fact that cataracts can form slowly, some people may not even realize they suffer from the condition, which is why yearly eye exams are so important, especially for those age 65 and older.
Other signs of cataracts include:
- Frequent changes in contact or glasses prescriptions (particularly more than once within a year)
- Colors that appear faded or washed out
- Sensitivity to light and glare
Typically, cataracts occur in both eyes. However, there can be worsening symptoms in one eye compared to the other. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible if you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms.
While there are some risk factors you can’t control when it comes to cataracts, such as your age and family history, there are some ways to help lower your risk, including:
- Avoiding alcohol
- Maintaining healthy blood pressure
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
If you are diagnosed with cataracts, our ophthalmologist is able to perform cataract surgery that will allow you to see things more clearly. Dr. Matzin performs cataract surgery on a regular basis using the Alcon LenSx Laser System and selects implants that will help provide the best vision and safety for your eyes.
If you feel like you might be experiencing cataracts, visit Allied Eye for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eye health is where it needs to be.