August is cataract awareness month

Submitted by Josh Talkington on August 18, 2009

Cataracts are the leading cause of correctible blindness in the world. As we age, the natural lens inside the eye becomes cloudy. This loss of clarity usually is noticible in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Eventually, the lens becomes cloudy enough where people have trouble with driving at night, or even just watching television. At this point cataract surgery is recommended. Cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. The surgery is done in an outpatient setting and is highly sucessful.

Symptoms of cataracts are: A decline in sharpness in vision, even with a new pair of glasses. Needing brighter lights to read by compared to prior times. Night vision issues such as glare and halos around street lights.