What you Need to Know About Cataracts

Things to know about cataracts.

Approximately twenty-five million Americans have cataracts, which causes cloudy, blurry vision and often develops with advancing age. This June, Griffin Eye Center joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in observing Cataract Awareness Month by sharing several things everyone should know about the condition of cataracts and its treatment.

As everyone grows older, the lenses of their eyes thicken and become cloudier. Eventually, they may find it more difficult to read street signs. Colors may seem dull. Fortunately, cataracts can be corrected with surgery. The following are facts people should know about the condition.

1.  Age is not the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataracts with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely you develop cataracts. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and certain ethnicities have been linked to increased risk of cataracts. Eye injuries, prior eye surgery and long-term use of steroid medication can also result in cataracts.

2.  Cataracts cannot be prevented, but you can lower your risk. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats when outside can help. Also, avoid smoking cigarettes, which increases the risk of cataract development.

3.  Surgery may help improve more than just your vision. During the procedure, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, which should improve your vision significantly. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, each with different benefits. Studies have shown that cataract surgery can improve quality of life and reduce the risk of falling. If cataracts are interfering with your ability to see well, consider asking an ophthalmologist about cataract surgery.

Cataract a life-changing surgery:

“I am so pleased with my new ability to see colors and distance again. Everyone was so professional and knowledgeable. They all treated me with kindness and care. Dr. Griffin and his group are the best!”- Genny W.

Dr. Neil B. Griffin is one of the leading ophthalmologists in the area and specializes in cataract and LASIK surgery in Myrtle Beach. He is committed to providing world class surgical technology and the most advanced vision diagnostics to South Carolina. Griffin Eye Center offers the latest in cataract surgery with the most advanced Intra-Ocular Lenses, the only current center in the local region using the new light adjustable lens and the revolutionary ZEPTO® which automates the capsulotomy process in cataract surgery. Visit to learn more or call (843) 449-6414 for consultation.