June is Cataract Awareness Month, and you can learn more about them with us. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S.
Cataracts, which are clouding of the lens of the eye that prevents light passing through, affect 24 million Americans over the age of 40.
Cataracts are often simple to treat with cataract surgery where a surgeon removes the lens and replaces it with an artificial lens.
3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, making it one of the most common surgeries in the U.S. The whole outpatient procedure only lasts about 20 minutes and has a 95% success rate.
A healthy lifestyle can help slow the progression of cataracts. Avoid smoking and exposure to UV rays and eat healthy foods to help prevent them.
While cataracts normally affect seniors, heredity, disease, eye injuries, and even smoking can cause them in younger people.
Wearing proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries and sunglasses or glasses with UV protection in the sun can help you avoid cataracts.