June: Cataracts Awareness Month

cataractOver 24 million Americans aged 40 and older have cataracts, a painless clouding of the lens located inside of the eye.  In fact, this eye disease is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Cataracts are not painful, and they are typically slow to form, but Prevent Blindness America reports that they can affect not only your vision, they can also cause falls and impact your mobility and quality of life.

During the month of June, which has been designated as cataracts awareness month, we would like to address some of the common signs and create awareness of this eye disease.

What are the some of the signs that I may have cataracts?

Who is at an increased risk for cataracts?

This eye disease can also develop from an eye injury. Some children are born with cataracts at birth.

How are cataracts treated?

Cataract treatmentFortunately, all types of cataracts are treatable surgically, and regular eye exams are the best way of detecting the eye disease.  At Southlands Vision Associates, we regularly screen for cataracts as part of your routine eye exam.  We can help you determine the best course of action for monitoring or treatment.  Option include simply adjusting your glasses prescription to maximize your vision, or making a referral to an ophthalmologist who specializes in the surgical removal of cataracts and co-managing your recovery.

source:

http://www.preventblindness.org/cataract-awareness-month http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/basics/prevention/con-20015113http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/cataracts/health-cataracts-eyes?page=2

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