About 25 million people in the U.S. have cataracts, a degenerative eye condition that causes cloudy, blurry or dim vision. This June, the UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes join the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in observing Cataract Awareness Month by offering three essential tips to reduce the risk of developing cataracts.
As we age, the lenses of our eyes thicken and become cloudier. Squinting, dull colors and blurriness are common symptoms of cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75, the AAO says. Fortunately, cataracts can be corrected with surgery. And while most people will develop cataracts, lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely cataracts develop. Here are three things you can do to help slow the progression of cataracts:
If you do develop cataracts, treatment options are available. About 3 million cataract surgeries are performed each year in the U.S. to restore vision. During the procedure, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, which usually significantly improves vision. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, each with different benefits. Studies show that cataract surgery can improve quality of life and reduce the risk of falling.
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