Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision. During Cataract Awareness Month in June, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight.
Most people put off cataract surgery because they fear the unknown. Many people give up their freedom when there is no need. Eventually, your cataracts can prevent you from reading books, house cleaning, watching television, and doing hobbies.
An eye with a cataract has a cloudy lens, making images appear fuzzy. Some of the signs are difficulty driving, difficulty seeing at night, colors appear dim and faded, and frequent change in glasses prescription. When cataracts prevent you from being active and productive, it is time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States today. Gone are the days of waiting for a cataract to become “ripe.” In fact, waiting on cataract surgery can in some cases make surgery more difficult. Cataract surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. Before surgery, your doctor will check for your eyes for any diseases and select the appropriate lens. During the surgery, your surgeon will remove the cataract and replace your eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens.
Today cataracts affect more than 25 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 75, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts.
Don’t delay cataract surgery because of fear of the unknown. If cataracts are affecting your quality of life now is the time to talk to your eye doctor about treatment options that can be customized to your lifestyle.
For more information on cataract and eye diseases visit www.griffineyecenter.com or call 843-449-6414.