Vision loss could affect nearly anyone as we age. Specifically, Cataracts are the most prevalent eye condition with more cases worldwide than any other chronic eye disease. Around the age of 65, 1 in 4 people has a chance of losing their vision. Although the truth regarding vision loss may be daunting, it is important to be educated on how to properly care for and prevent vision loss. Vision loss is unique to each individual, and it could develop in numerous ways. Cataracts may result in vision loss if left untreated.
A Cataract blurs vision as a result of clouds forming in the lens. The clouding is often visible in the affected eye and usually blurs the central vision before extending outwards. Most Cataract cases are found in people 40 or older, taking place in the lenses as the eyes age. However, Cataracts may also develop from eye injuries, eye diseases, or at birth.
Although Cataracts caused by advancing age is unpreventable, there are a few risk factors that may help you avoid developing the condition. If you already have Cataracts or know it runs in your family, being proactive and avoiding these additional risks will help prevent Cataracts from spreading.
- Eat a diet with plenty of Vitamin C since a deficiency may progress the condition.
- Quit smoking; the elements in the smoke may impact your eye cells and harm your vision.
- Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside. Although you may not see the sun, you are always exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and they may damage the proteins in your lenses.
- Have your eyes checked regularly? Diagnosing Cataracts in early stages will allow you and your doctor to take immediate, preventative action.
Despite these precautionary recommendations, as of August 2018, over 22 million Americans age 40 or older have developed Cataracts. With the growing population in America, it is estimated that over 30 million Americans will have developed Cataracts. Knowing these statistics, it is imperative you protect your vision and decrease your risk.
With advanced cases, surgery may be the only option for removing Cataracts. However, the surgery is often very successful with 90% of patients having vision clarity after the procedure. The procedure involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens.
We want you to live a long, healthy life with a clear vision, and we hope this knowledge will support you in achieving that. While we encourage you to be cognizant of your eye health, if you or someone you know is struggling with vision loss, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Healthy vision is our number one priority.