Cataract Information

June is Cataract Awareness Month so here are some Cataract Facts to help you better understand this very common condition of the eye and the treatment of it.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are no eye drops currently approved to “dissolve” or “prevent” cataracts. The only way to remove cataracts is by undergoing cataract surgery, which has a 90-95% success rate in the United States.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year, and over 20 million worldwide. It is one of the most common procedures in medicine.

According to the National Eye Institute, it is possible for persons in their 40s and 50s to have age-related cataracts. However, the vast majority of people with cataracts are over the age of 60.

Cataracts do not “grow back”. However, when the membrane that holds the new lens implant becomes cloudy, vision can be compromised. But this can easily be treated with a Yag laser capsulotomy, a painless, 15-minute procedure usually done at a doctor’s office. Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reading, sewing, or using the computer too much will not “cause cataracts”. Cataracts are not a result of how people use their eyes. However, the effects of cataracts are more likely to become noticed when doing tasks that require sharp, clear vision. Source: The American Academy of Ophthalmology.

According to the National Eye Institute, the symptoms of cataracts include one or more of the following:

Cloudy or blurry vision, colors seem faded, glare, headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright, a halo may appear around lights, poor night vision, double vision or multiple images in one eye, frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.