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Cataracts: Common but Treatable

Do you know that cataracts are the leading culprit of vision loss among adults aged 55 and older? In fact, more than fifty percent of all people aged 65 and older has at the very least, partial cataract development. By old age, it is anticipated that the majority of people will have gotten a cataract, or will have already been surgically treated for one.

A cataract is like a veil in front of the eye's lens; one which obstructs or affects the how light enters into the eye. Within your eye, the lens is held inside a membrane or capsule. When old cells die, they end up trapped inside the capsule. Over time, more and more cells die and gather, causing the lens to get hazy, leading to vision that is fuzzy or unclear. Cataracts are a normal side effect of older age. Other potential dangers for developing a cataract include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, steroid use, cigarettes and various eye injuries.

In the early stages of cataract development, stronger lights and eyewear may be prescribed to minimize the vision problems you might be having. At a certain point in the future, however, cataract surgery might be necessary in order to improve your vision. But, it's comforting to know that more than 9 out of 10 people who have cataract surgery reacquire strong vision.

If you are in your fifties and perceiving cloudy sight, it may be time 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 golden years.


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The Shuswap Optometric Team