June is National Cataract Awareness Month
Did you know that over 24 million Americans have cataracts? As our population ages, those numbers will increase to over an estimated 30 billion by 2020.
Cataracts are very common. About 90% of people will develop cataracts by age 65. Cataracts develop when natural proteins build up in your lens. As the build up increases, it creates cloudy vision. Other symptoms include having increased difficulty seeing at night, seeing halos, sensitivity to light or glare, double vision and seeing colors less crisply than before.
There is not a way to undo cataracts once they have formed. Taking extra measures to protect your eyes from harmful UV sun radiation by wearing UV blocking sunglasses are important. If you are a smoker, quitting is important. People who smoke have an increased risk for cataracts.