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Did you know that June is Cataract Awareness Month? More than 24 million people are living with cataracts in the US alone. That’s more than the entire populations of New York and Connecticut, combined. [1,2] Left untreated, cataracts can cause blindness—it’s the leading cause of blindness in older adults. [3]

Fortunately, cataract surgery is relatively common, safe, and effective. According to YourSightMatters.com, cataract surgery is about 95 percent successful. [4]

The National Eye Institute (NIE) produced this great video below explaining the causes of cataracts. [5] Take a quick look:

Symptoms of cataracts include the following:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision.
  • Colors seem faded.
  • Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
  • Poor night vision.
  • Double vision or multiple images in one eye. (This symptom may clear as the cataract gets larger.)
  • Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses. [5]

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, call today to make an appointment with your doctor: 1-800-859-0085.

If you’re nervous about what to expect, take a look at this video below from MyCataracts.com. [6] It focuses on Debbie as she shares her experience discovering and treating her cataracts:

 

Resources:

  1. http://yoursightmatters.com/june-cataract-awareness-month/
  2. https://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=kf7tgg1uo9ude_&met_y=population&hl=en&dl=en#!ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=population&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=country&idim=country:US&idim=state:36000:09000&ifdim=country&hl=en_US&dl=en&ind=false
  3. https://www.preventblindness.org/cataract
  4. http://yoursightmatters.com/june-cataract-awareness-month/
  5. https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts
  6. https://www.mycataracts.com/all-about-cataracts/signs-and-symptoms-of-cataracts/
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