June: Cataract Awareness Month

As we age, we can feel the changes it wreaks on our bodies. Wrinkles on our skin, longer recoveries from injuries, and graying hair are part of the process. Unfortunately, our eyes are no different and a common aging change are cataracts. While there are other causes of cataracts, the majority of cases are age related. It is one of the leading causes of blindness but, fortunately, can be treated.

Cataracts are a clouding of the clear lens of the eye which blocks light from entering. Because of this blockage, people can experience the following symptoms:

  • blurred vision, ghost images or it may seems like a film is over your eyes

  • poor night vision causing discomfort driving

  • lights aren’t bright enough to read

  • changes to your glasses prescription

A healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risks of cataracts. Steps you can take include stop smoking, control blood sugar levels if you’re diabetic, and protect your eyes from UV light. Also, get regular comprehensive eye exams to check the health of your eyes. If you need to check the status of your eyes for cataracts, we’d be happy to help. Please give us a call or schedule your appointment online.

image credit: preventblindness.org

image credit: preventblindness.org