Cataracts, a clouding of the normally clear lens of the eye, is the most common cause of blindness in the world, and in the United States, a huge percentage of our population ages 40 and older is affected by this deterioration of the eye.
This condition has no exact cause, but it is often a part of the aging process. The cloudy lens prevents the eye from properly focusing light and makes vision blurry or hazy. While age does play a role, other risk factors for cataracts include eye inflammation, genetics, other eye injuries or diseases, and smoking.
Fortunately, cataract treatment is not complicated. There are many techniques that are “same day” procedures which provide significant vision improvement nearly immediately after surgery.
Here at Bonner Eye Clinic, we are advocates of regular eye exams for our patients, and cataract prevention and early diagnosis is yet another important reason to see your ophthalmologist every year.
While there are some factors that are out of our control, annual eye exams and living a healthy lifestyle are key in maintaining eye wellness throughout your lifetime.
You can also read more about cataracts at Prevent Blindness.