Cataracts are one of the most common causes of vision loss. In fact, by age 75, about 70 percent of people have cataracts. However, cataracts typically develop slowly, so symptoms may not be immediately apparent. Over time, cataracts can cause vision to become blurry, cloudy dim, or dull and can interfere with daily activities. The good news is that cataracts are treatable with cataract surgery.
August is Cataract Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to get EyeSmart about cataract risks, symptoms, prevention tips, and when it might be time for surgery. If you think you may have cataracts, be sure to talk to your ophthalmologist about your options.
It’s also important to make sure you get regular eye exams to monitor the development of cataracts or other eye conditions. Seniors age 65 and older may qualify for an eye exam and up to 1 year of care at no out of pocket cost through EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. See if you or a loved one qualifies by visiting the online referral center at www.eyecareamerica.org.