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Cataract Awareness Month

While many aging Americans think that they need new glasses, they may actually be suffering from cataracts. In fact, according to EyeCare America, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults older than 55. Over half of those older than 65 have cataracts. During national Cataract Awareness Month, we’d like to promote some education about this disease and the highly effective treatment options that are available.

What Are Cataracts?

Cataract is the term for a clouding of the lens at the center of the eye. Your lens is contained in a thin membrane bag that normally remains clear. However, as we age, our cells begin to die and they cannot escape this bag. As the dead cells build up, the lens develops a white, cloudy appearance and vision decreases.

Cataract Treatments

The initial stages of cataracts are treated with a stronger prescription for contact lenses or glasses. As the cloudiness worsens, surgery is required to remove the damaged part of the lens. While surgery may seem scary, this particular one is 90 to 95 percent effective, and vision is typically restored immediately.

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