In honor of Cataract Awareness Month, Hampton Roads Eye Associates is providing some useful information to help you understand the disease and how to protect yourself. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world and affect more than 22 million Americans aged 40 and older.
Cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Fortunately, vision loss due to cataract can be restored with a simple procedure. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has over a 90 percent success rate.
Risk factors for developing cataract include:
- Family history of cataract
- Diabetes, smoking
- Extended exposure to UV rays
- Serious eye injury
- Use of steroids
Cataracts generally do not cause pain, redness or tears. However, these changes in your vision may be signs of cataract:
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Double vision in one eye
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Poor vision at night
- Yellowish tinged vision
- Frequent changes in eyeglasses or contact lens prescription
Click to learn more about the cataract surgery options offered at Hampton Roads Eye Associates.
Can I prevent cataracts?
There is no proven way to prevent age-related cataracts. However, making these healthy decisions may help to slow the progression of cataracts:
- Avoid or quit smoking
- Reduce exposure to UV rays
- Eat healthy foods
- Wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injury
One of the most important ways we can protect our vision is to make a commitment to take care of your eyes today. This includes getting a dilated eye exam, which helps to protect your sight for the future not just from cataract, but other eye diseases as well. If you have not had your yearly eye exam, you can schedule one today by calling us at 757.643.8800, or filling out our online form.