Did you know that cataracts are the most common culprit of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? More so, more than fifty percent of the population aged 65 and older has at the very least, partial cataract development. By old age, it is likely that almost all people will have a cataract, or will have already had surgery to remove it.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye; one which blocks or distorts the passage of light into the eye. In the interior part of the eye, the lens is found within a sealed bag or capsule. When old cells break down, they get stuck within the capsule. Over time, more cells follow suit and gather, causing the lens to get cloudy, making vision fuzzy or blurry. For most people, cataracts are a normal side effect of aging. Additional risk factors for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, family medical history, inflamed eyes, ongoing steroid use, eye injuries and smoking.
In the early stages of cataract development, brighter lighting and glasses may be used to minimize the vision problems you might experience. At a certain point in the future, though, cataract surgery may be necessary in order to improve your eyesight. More than 9 out of 10 patients who've had cataract surgery reacquire strong vision.
If you are in your fifties and noticing low vision symptoms, you ought to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to be able to see well throughout your later years.