As the weather heats up, its time to turn our attention to cataracts. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and has or will affect many of us as we age. 24 million Americans over the age of 40 are impacted by this disease. And the number is expected to increase to 45.6 million by 2050. Although the majority of cases are age related, children and young adults can develop it as well.
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. There are different types of cataracts which can determine how quickly it develops. Symptoms can include blurry vision, glare from light, difficulty driving at night and dull colors.
Risk factors include:
- UV light
- high blood pressure
- steroid medications
- family history
- eye injury or surgery
So make sure to use sunglasses that have 100% UVA/UVB protection and consider efforts to manage those risk factors that you identify with. Also, get regular eye exams to check if cataracts are affecting your eyes. Schedule your next exam with us so we can help monitor your eyes for this condition.