June is Cataract Awareness Month, it’s the ideal opportunity to raise awareness of this prevalent eye disease that affects millions of people globally. Fortunately, there is treatment for cataracts, which are one of the main causes of visual loss. Let’s explore the definition of cataracts, their signs, and the best ways to treat them. 

What Are Cataracts?

Cataracts occur when the lens of your eye becomes clouded, leading to blurred vision. The lens, located behind the colored part of your eye (iris), focuses light that passes into your eye, producing clear, sharp images on your retina—the light-sensitive layer at the back of your eye. Over time, cataracts scatter and distort the light that enters your eye, resulting in a gradual decline in vision. 

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Recognizing the Symptoms of Cataracts 

Cataracts develop slowly and painlessly, so you might not notice the changes in your vision at first. Here are some common symptoms to watch out for: 

  • Blurred Vision: Your vision may become cloudy, fuzzy, or filmy. 
  • Difficulty with Night Vision: You might find it harder to see in low-light conditions. 
  • Sensitivity to Light: Bright lights may cause glare or halos. 
  • Fading Colors: Colors may appear less vibrant or more yellowed. 
  • Double Vision in One Eye: You might see two images instead of one. 
  • Frequent Prescription Changes: Your glasses or contact lens prescription may change more often than usual. 

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to get your eyes checked. Early detection can prevent further vision loss and improve your quality of life. 

Effective Solutions for Cataracts 

The most effective treatment for cataracts is surgery, which is a safe and common procedure. During cataract surgery, the clouded lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. This surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis and has a high success rate, restoring clear vision for millions of people each year.

Why Cataract Awareness Matters 

Cataract Awareness Month is a reminder to take charge of your eye health. Regular eye exams can help detect cataracts early, ensuring timely treatment. Don’t let cataracts cloud your vision and your life. If left untreated, cataracts can lead to severe vision impairment or even blindness. 

Call us today at (800) 345-8979 to book your appointment or visit our website at pacificeyemd.com for more information. 

Schedule an annual eye exam at Pacific Eye Institute to ensure your eyes are healthy and cataract-free.