25 million Americans have cataracts, a common eye condition that causes blurry vision. Cataracts are usually an age-related condition and a common side-effect of aging. Here are four other things you need to know about cataracts:
1. People of all ages can get cataracts
Cataracts are often age-related and affect roughly 70 percent of people over the age of 75. But there are other things that can put you at risk for cataracts.
Some babies are actually born with cataracts. And diabetes, smoking, prolonged sunlight exposure, and high blood pressure can all increase your risk of developing cataracts.
2. Cataracts can’t be prevented
There is no way to prevent cataract development but you can lower your risk. Make you sure wear sunglasses and a hat every time you are spending time outdoors and avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
And some studies have shown that people who have a vitamin C deficiency are at higher risk for cataract development. So make sure you eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise.
However, there is no surefire way to prevent cataracts from forming. You should continue to schedule yearly eye exams with your doctor as early detection is key.
3. Surgery may not be necessary right away
If you are diagnosed with cataracts, surgery may not be necessary right away. Cataracts usually cause minimal vision changes in the beginning.
Most patients find that they can manage their cataracts early on by wearing a stronger prescription. However, your cataracts will not clear up on their own and so eventually, cataract surgery will be the best treatment option.
4. But if it is necessary, cataract surgery is very safe
If you do eventually find that you need cataract surgery you can rest assured knowing it is incredibly safe. It is actually one of the safest and most effective surgeries performed worldwide.
Your surgeon will give you eye drops to numb your eyes before the procedure and you will stay awake during the surgery itself. They will then make a small incision in your eye, remove the cloudy lens, and replace it with an artificial lens.
The surgery itself only takes about 15 minutes and recovery time is fairly quick. Most patients find that their eyesight begins to improve almost immediately following surgery.
If you want more information on managing your cataracts or cataract surgery, contact Frantz EyeCare to schedule an appointment today! We have offices in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda and Lehigh Acres. Contact one of our many convenient locations throughout Florida to schedule your cataract consultation!