June is Cataract Awareness Month! Eye health is so important, and while not everyone can totally prevent cataracts, there are things you can do to help minimize them. In the United States today, the estimate is that 25 million people have cataracts and the number will increase. Read on to learn ways to optimize your eye health and avoid cataracts!

Identifying a cataract early on is helpful in getting treatment. A cataract causes the lens of the eye to become cloudy and can distort your vision, eventually leading to blindness. This typically happens in older people, usually over 40, but anyone can get them. Here are a few interesting facts for Cataract Awareness Month!

1. Your Overall Health Affects Your Eye Healt

 Keeping your eyes and body healthy with a good diet and exercise is an excellent start in preventing cataracts. Ask your eye doctor about nutrients that help promote eye health.

2. You Can Reduce Your Risk

While anyone can develop cataracts there are things you can do to minimize your risk as you age:

  • Avoid excessive alcohol use.
  • Avoid prolonged corticosteroids.
  • Get annual eye exams.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Minimize UV exposure.
  • Wear eye protection (from sun and injury).

3. Symptoms start with Cloudiness in your vision, but there are other signs

Knowing the symptoms of cataracts is a great way to ensure you get treatment as soon as possible. If you or your loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms, schedule an exam right away:

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Difficult night vision
  • Faded colors
  • Glares or halos around lights
  • Increased sensitivity to lights

4. Cataract Surgery Brings Quick Relief, and It’s Been Used by Ancient Egyptians

This is the only way to get rid of your cataracts. Your ophthalmologist is going to be  provide you with a thorough exam and let you know about your available options if you have this condition. Cataract surgery was performed by ancient Egyptians in as early as the fifth century, and it is even performed on animals! The first step is to have a correct diagnosis and complete eye exam.

June Is Cataract Awareness Month at South Palm Eye Associates, so Come Celebrate With Us!

If you’re ready to take control of your vision health, call us today at 561-737-4040 to schedule a consultation. Our team is ready to provide you with the exceptional service you deserve! Let us help you achieve and maintain the best vision possible!