About 70% of People Will Have Cataracts by Age 75
- Posted on: Jun 1 2012
So, how common are cataracts? The answer may surprise you. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), “By age 75, about 70 percent of people will have cataracts.” With a startling figure like that, you may be wondering, “What should I know about this condition?” Here’s a brief introduction.
Like a camera, your eye has a clear lens that allows light to pass through. A cataract is essentially an area of cloudy tissue that forms inside this lens, reducing its transparency and hindering your ability to see. The exact cause of cataracts is not completely understood, but several factors can play a contributing role. These include diabetes, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, smoking and the natural aging process.
Cataracts usually develop without apparent pain, so it’s important to look out for the warning signs. Here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- Blurred or hazy vision
- Poor vision in bright light
- Seeing halos around lights
- Double vision
- Yellowish vision
- Difficulty with night vision
Cataracts are a progressive condition, so while they might not be bothering you now, they can eventually impair your ability to read, work or do the things you enjoy. Thankfully, the condition is also treatable. Read on to learn more.
For many cataract patients, surgery becomes the only good option. Thankfully, the procedure is common and relatively simple. Cataract Surgery literally removes a patient’s cloudy lens and replaces it with a new artificial lens called an “IOL.”
During the procedure, we first numb the eye to keep you comfortable and relaxed throughout. Then, a tiny incision is made to make way for a small ultrasonic probe. This probe essentially breaks up the cloudy lens into tiny pieces, which are then suctioned away. After the cloudy lens has been removed, a clear artificial lens is placed in the eye. And, although this is a simple procedure, for many patients, the results are simply dramatic.
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