12 Jun Important Facts for Cataract Awareness Month!
As the leading cause of blindness around the world, it makes sense to dedicate an entire month to raising awareness and dedication to cataracts. This June, we explore a few important facts about cataracts, including what they are, what may cause them, and what your options for are preserving your eyesight if they develop. If you already have cataracts or are worried that you might develop them, then be sure to stick to a regular schedule of eye exams and follow your optometrist’s recommendations.
What Are Cataracts?
Simply put, cataracts are clouded eye lenses, which are where light passes into your eyes. The purpose of your eye lens, which is located behind the pupil, is to focus light and images onto your retina so it can transmit those images to your brain. When a cataract develops, the lens becomes clouded, and because it is no longer transparent, it no longer allows light to pass through.
What Are the Risk Factors?
Cataracts are common enough to be the most frequent cause of adult blindness, but the exact cause of the condition is unknown. It may form from trauma to the eye or from hereditary factors that cause certain cellular behaviors that can lead to cataracts. For most people, cataracts develop later in life (past the age of 40).
Can I Treat Cataracts?
The most effective treatment for cataracts is eye surgery to replace the clouded lens with a clear, biocompatible artificial lens. The clear lens allows light to once again pass freely to your retina, restoring your clear vision safely and effectively.
Learn More About Your Risks of Cataracts
These facts might help you better prepare against cataracts, but you can go further in protecting your eyesight by attending regular eye exams with your optometrist. To learn more, or to schedule an eye exam, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.