June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and affect approximately 24 million American adults over the age of 40. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and can happen to anyone. As we get older, the lenses in our eyes can gradually start to become cloudy, reducing the ability to see clearly.
Common signs of cataracts:
- If you’re 55 or older, and you haven’t had an eye exam in a year, schedule an appointment at OCLI. Your medical doctor may not perform an eye exam during your checkups, so it is important to also schedule an eye exam each year. During the eye exam, your OCLI specialist will be able to determine if the changes in your vision are related to the development of a cataract.
- If you notice your vision has become blurry or not in focus, you could possibly be developing cataracts. The lens of the eye helps you to focus on what you see – if it is compromised, it will affect your ability to focus.
- If you begin to have impaired reading, or skip letters while you read, this is another sign a cataract may be developing. As you lose your ability to focus, the way you see is altogether changed.
- Another common symptom of cataracts is the decreased ability to see at night or in dark lighting. Complaints of halos around lights, glare, and decreased vision are all common descriptions. If you have noticed your eyesight has changed during the night and in dark conditions, it could mean you have cataracts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call OCLI today at 1.866.SEE.OCLI and schedule a cataract exam today at one of our 13 locations in Long Island. Our experienced laser cataract surgeons can help you determine the best treatment option that fits your lifestyle.