June is Cataract Awareness Month!
Did you know that June is National Cataract Awareness Month? Cataract(s) affect more than 24 million Americans over the age of 40 and is an exceptionally common eye condition, especially in the older population. Cataract(s) occur when the lens of your eye(s) becomes cloudy, making it difficult to see clearly and dangerous to operate a motor vehicle, especially at nighttime.
Unfortunately, the condition is chronic and develops over time. Good news? It is treatable! The first thing your optometrist will recommend are prescription glasses. This treatment is used in more mild cases and can only do so much. If prescription glasses aren’t cutting it and your condition is affecting your quality of life, your optometrist will likely recommend cataract surgery. Let’s talk about the procedure.
In Cataract surgery, your surgeon will remove the clouded lens(es) of your eye(s) and replace it/them with an artificial clear lens called an intraocular lens. It will remain in the same place as your natural lens and will be permanent. And even better news? Cataract surgery is almost always done on an outpatient basis meaning, you won’t have to stay overnight at a hospital. Have questions about your condition? Contact our offices.