June is Cataract Awareness Month. There’s no better time to brush up on your cataract knowledge. In case you need a refresher, a cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of the eye that causes things to look blurry, dim, distorted, or less colorful. Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, here are four facts about cataracts that you may not know:
- Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide: Cataracts are a prevalent problem. In America alone, cataracts affect more than 24.4 million people. And they can cause more than blurry vision. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to partial or total blindness. That’s why it’s important to take them seriously.
- Age isn’t the only risk factor for cataracts: Getting older is the most common risk factor for cataracts. However, there are other risk factors you should know. Things like a family history of cataracts, excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, and diabetes can all cause cataracts to develop at an earlier age.
- There’s no proven way to prevent cataracts: Don’t let this one get you down. You can still take steps to reduce your risk of developing cataracts. If you already have cataracts, you may also be able to slow their progression. One of the best things that you can do is to protect your eyes from sunlight. Lifestyle changes such as eating healthy foods and avoiding smoking can also be beneficial.
- Cataract surgery is a very common procedure: Cataract surgery—the only way to treat cataracts and restore clear vision—is performed more often than you might think. Millions of people undergo this procedure every year in America. One of our board-certified ophthalmologists, Dr. Omar Almallah, has over 25,000 cataract operations under his belt. He has also operated on seven fellow eye surgeons who have sought him out for their procedures. If you need cataract surgery, you can trust that it has a long and safe track record.
Meet With Our Eye Doctors to Learn More About Cataracts
Our board-certified ophthalmologists want to take the confusion out of cataracts and cataract surgery. Schedule an appointment at 732-349-5622 to get the information you need. Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates has offices in Manalapan Township, Brick, Toms River, and Barnegat, New Jersey.