June is Cataract Awareness Month
- Posted on: Sep 25 2014
Cataracts are a common eye disease that causes cloudiness in the eye’s natural lens. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, it’s important to take some time to learn about this condition that affects millions of Americana. Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about this disease.
What causes cataracts? There isn’t a single definitive cause for cataracts, though medical researchers suspect that the main cause of cataracts is aging. Smoking and diabetes can also play a role in the onset of this condition. As we age, the proteins in the eye’s lens may clump together. These clumps of protein crowd the eye’s lens and make it difficult to see clearly.
What is the likelihood I will develop cataracts? Although it is suspected that cataracts are age related, seniors are not the only population to develop cataracts. The risk for cataracts increases with aging, but if someone in your family has cataracts, you smoke, or you have diabetes, your chances of developing the disease may increase.
What can I do to prevent or delay the development of cataracts? When spending time in the sun, always wear sunglasses that provide UV protection. In addition to shielding your eyes from the sun, eating a well-balanced diet rich in dark, leafy, raw, green vegetables may help.
How can cataracts be treated? Conservative treatments for cataracts involve renewing eyeglass lens prescriptions annually. However, cataracts are a progressive condition that can eventually cause blindness. Cataract surgery is available and fully corrects problems caused by cataracts.
Cataract Treatment in Southern California
If you are interested in learning more about cataracts and the available treatment options, contact Shammas Eye Medical Center with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Lynwood, Downey, La Habra, and Whittier. We look forward to hearing from you.