Did you know, that over 24 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts in the United States alone, according to the Vision Problems in the U.S. report from Prevent Blindness? Prevent Blindness has dedicated June as Cataract Awareness Month to help build awareness to the public.
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a medical condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, considered clouding of the lens, which can impact your vision and cause vision loss. In fact, they are very common in older people. According to the National Eye Institute; by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had a cataract surgery.
When it comes to increasing awareness and helping prevent the development of cataracts, did you know that changing certain lifestyle choices can help make a difference? Lifestyle choices that will help prevent cataracts include:
- Stop smoking
- Get regular eye exams
- Create a healthy diet that includes vegetables and fruits
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Wear sunglasses
Getting a Cataract can be quite common, but if you protect your eyesight and take action to include the 5 tips above, you can be on track to help avoid permanent vision loss.
To learn more about cataracts, their symptoms, and treatment, visit our cataract page. If you believe you’re at risk for developing cataracts, schedule an appointment with our cataract specialists at one of the four Cleveland, Ohio area locations – Euclid, Independence, Cleveland or Rocky River, by calling 216-574-8900 or filling out an online appointment request now. The eye doctors of Corrective Eye Center (formerly the Cataract Eye Center) would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
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