More than 50% of all reported cases of vision loss are due to cataracts, making it the world’s leading cause of blindness. Currently, around 24 million Americans are affected by this disease; the number is expected to double by 2050. With its increasing prevalence, Viewpoint Vision Care would like to promote widespread awareness and understanding of this condition. Let your provider of premier eye services share some fast facts about cataracts.
- The natural lenses of your eyes are a combination of protein and water. Their primary function is to help focus received light rays directly onto the retina.
- Protein breakdown, however, increases as you age. This may cause protein fragments to deposit on your lenses’ surface, resulting in cataract formation. They may prevent light rays from entering your retina, causing changes in your eyesight.
- While cataracts commonly develop in your golden years, your go-to contact lenses center explains that children may also have them at birth, known as congenital cataracts. Medical and other eye conditions may result in secondary cataracts as well. Eye injuries and overexposure to radiation may lead to traumatic and radiation cataract development, too.
- Changes in your vision may not be readily apparent. As the disease advances, however, you may feel as if you’re looking through a dirty windshield or dusty glass window. Objects across your visual field may also appear hazy or blurry. Poor night vision and increased light sensitivity may occur as well.
- We may recommend using eyeglasses with a higher lens prescription to help you see better. That said, since most cataracts are a product of the natural aging process, they may be irreversible. This may call for a procedure to have them surgically removed, especially if the cataracts are significantly affecting your visual capacity and daily efficiency.
Rest assured we’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam first to assess your eye health. We’ll also explain everything you need to know in detail. We’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have as well. For more information about cataracts, call us at (586) 221-4360. We serve Shelby Township and nearby MI areas.