June is National Cataract Awareness Month

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.

 

More than 4 million cataract surgeries are performed in the united states each year.  88% of those patients would recommend the surgery to others, and 2 out of 3 are less dependent upon glasses. How do you determine if you are a candidate for surgery?  Get to know our our comprehensive ophthalmologists, Dr. Kunz and Dr. Aryah and see what treatment options are available to you.

Give us a call at 541-687-1927 or schedule an appointment online.

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Source: mycataracts.com