More than 24 million Americans aged 40 years old and above have cataracts, making cataracts the most common cause of vision loss among those in this age group. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has found that 50% of adults aged 80 and above have cataracts.
In today’s post, your trusted provider of contact lenses and other eye care products and services answers the top questions about cataracts.
Q: What Causes Cataracts?
As you age, the protein in your eyes’ lenses breaks down. This causes protein remnants to clump together and settle on your lenses’ surface–these are cataracts. They block light rays from entering your eyes, which can cause cloudy or hazy vision.
Q: Who Is at Risk of Developing Cataracts?
Cataracts are more common as you age, which is why it’s important to have an eye exam regularly. Heredity is another major risk factor for their development. Having pre-existing eye or medical problems, like diabetes, may also increase your risk of developing secondary cataracts. Traumatic cataracts may form as a complication of eye trauma or surgeries too. Those who have been exposed to various forms of radiation are at a higher risk of developing radiation cataracts.
Q: How Do Cataracts Affect My Vision?
You may not experience any visual changes during the early phases of cataract formation. As the condition advances, however, you may develop cloudy or hazy vision, as if you’re looking through a dusty glass window. Increased and glare sensitivity may also occur. These symptoms may compromise the quality of your life.
Q: What Are the Treatment Options?
In mild cataract cases, brighter lighting and wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses with higher prescriptions may help improve your eyesight. Cataracts that are significantly restricting your vision, however, may need to be surgically removed. Rest assured we’ll explain the procedure in detail, answer all your questions, and help you prepare for it.
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