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Cataract Awareness Month

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Eye with Cataract

Did you know cataracts are the world’s leading cause of blindness? A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens, which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Over time, vison becomes increasingly blurry or dim because the cataract stops light from properly passing through the retina

Risk factors include:

  • Older age
  • Hereditary influences
  • Smoking
  • Certain diseases, such as diabetes
  • Long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
  • Eye diseases
  • And more

Most cataract cases are in older adults, but children can also develop pediatric cataracts. If cataracts go untreated in young children, it can cause poor development between the brain and eye, leading to vison impairment.

There are ways to help prevent cataracts and it is also treatable with quality eyecare. More information below: