It’s Cataract Awareness Month with EYE-Q Vision Care! Did you know that cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the world? Cataracts are a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. Aging and other factors cause proteins in the eye’s lens to clump together forming these cloudy areas that interfere with light passing through the eye to the retina.
While early changes may not disturb vision, over time cataracts typically result in blurred, fuzzy or double vision. Sensitivity to light and seeing halos around bright lights are also symptoms that most people do experience. Additionally, cataracts can result in poor depth perception, difficulty seeing at night and a hard time distinguishing colors. People with progressed cataracts often say they feel as though they’re looking through a waterfall or a piece of wax paper.
According to the National Eye Institute, more than 50 percent of people over the age of 75, and even quite a few younger than that, suffer from cataracts. In fact, everyone gets cataracts as they age; cataracts can cause severe vision loss over time, and can be incredibly debilitating if left untreated. Cataracts usually affect both eyes, however one eye may be affected earlier than the other.
Fortunately for Valley residents, EYE-Q has an expert team of cataract surgeons that offer the most advanced treatment options available. Once a complex surgical procedure, cataract surgery is now a routine outpatient procedure that can typically be performed with no hospital time. In fact, recovery and lost vision restoration is often almost immediate! This is one of the most common operations performed in the United States, and one of the safest and most effective types of surgery.
To learn more about cataracts, check out Dr. Hinton’s interview on KMPH 26 Lifestyle Matters, or watch below.