June is Cataract
According to Prevent Blindness America's report, Vision Problems in the US, there are currently more than 24 million Americans 40 and older who have cataract. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide.
Cataract is the clouding of the eye's lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Unlike many eye diseases, however, vision loss due to cataract can be restored. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the US and has a 95% success rate. And, a new study found that cataract surgery patients had a significantly reduced rate of hip fractures from falls!
Cataract generally does not cause pain, redness, or tears. However, these changes in your vision may be signs of cataract:
- Blurred or double vision, ghost images, the sense of "film" over the eyes;
- Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work, or you're overwhelmed by strong light;
- Frequently changing eyeglass prescription that doesn't help;
- You may notice a milky or yellowish spot in the pupil.
One way to protect your vision is to make a commitment to take care of your eyes today, including getting a dliated eye exam every year. For more information on cataract, including Medicare coverage, contact Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020 or visit www.preventblindness.org.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a significant loss of eyesight that can't be improved with regular eyeglasses, contacts, medicine, or surgery. It makes everyday activities like reading, writing, shopping, and driving difficult or impossible. Millions of people are impacted, most commonly those aged 60 an over. We all have someone in our life that is aging - parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. It's worth taking a moment to learn more about low vision. Check out this infographic from The Vision Council.