The United States has an ageing population; millions of Baby Boomers are turning 65 yearly. This will continue for some years to come. Along with the gift of growing older comes the multitude of changes in our bodies. As an ophthalmologist, I help people every day with a variety of visual problems that are mostly age related. The most frequent condition is the development of cataracts. Many of my patients tell me that they do not really understand what cataracts are and how they change your vision.
Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which causes cloudy, blurry or dim vision and frequently develop with advancing age. Mercy Clinic Ophthalmology - Patients First Drive joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in sharing three things everyone should know about cataracts and their treatment.
As everyone grows older, the lenses of their eyes thicken, and the lens cells become cloudier. Eventually, they may find it more difficult to read street signs. Colors may seem dull. These symptoms may signal cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75. Fortunately, surgery is very successful for treating cataracts. Ophthalmologists, physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care, perform around three million cataract surgeries each year to restore vision to those patients. The following are facts people should know about the condition.
Cataract surgery can be a life changing event. At age 49, Michael Sargent's vision had become so impaired by cataracts that he couldn't distinguish shapes or colors without his glasses on, even if objects were right in front of him. His ophthalmologist recommended cataract surgery.
"Having the surgery was life-changing," said Sargent, who lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. "I can see everything from the time on my alarm clock to a bird's nest in a tree hundreds of feet away without glasses. It's the most amazing experience I've ever had."
If you or someone you know might be suffering poor vision due to cataracts, reach out to Mercy Clinic Ophthalmology - Patients First Drive today to schedule an evaluation.