News Cataract Awareness Month

August 1-31, 2017

Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss, especially as we age, but they are treatable. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommend that adults have routine (every year or two) eye exams to monitor for early signs of disease and changes in vision.

If your vision has become blurry, cloudy or dim, or things you see are not as bright or colorful as they used to be, a cataract may have developed in one or both of your eyes. Many people say that their vision with cataracts is similar to the effect of looking through a dirty car windshield.

As a cataract slowly begins to develop, you may not notice any changes in your vision at first. But as the cataract progresses, you may begin to find that it interferes with your daily activities. Performing a complete eye exam, your eye care professional can tell you whether cataract or another problem is the cause of your vision loss.

While cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss, especially as we age, they are treatable with cataract surgery. Since most cataracts are part of the normal aging process, they cannot be reversed. There are no medications or eye drops that will make cataracts go away—surgery is the only treatment.

A cataract may not need to be removed right away if your lifestyle isn’t significantly affected. In some cases, simply changing your eyeglass prescription may help to improve your vision. Contrary to popular belief, a cataract does not have to be “ripe” to be removed. However, once you are diagnosed with a cataract, your eye care professional needs to monitor your vision regularly for any changes.

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Tyler Sorensen, MD
Audra Sexton, OD

For more information visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association.


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