What You Can Do About Cataracts

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.

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