June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts form when the natural proteins in the lens of the eye begin to break down. Developing slowly over time, cataracts cause vision to be clouded, blurry and hazy until everyday activities like reading, driving and watching television become more difficult.
As we age, the risk of developing cataracts increases. It is estimated that 20.5 million Americans are affected by cataracts. Cataracts are treatable with surgery, but the best way to prevent or delay cataracts is to take everyday precautions like avoiding smoking, limiting alcohol, and reducing ultraviolet exposure.
Unfortunately, the majority of Americans may not even have general background knowledge about cataracts. A lack of understanding about the disease makes it impossible to prevent, so Cataract Awareness Month is important for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts.
AMSURG partner and Medical Director for AMSURG’s YourSightMatters.com, Jeff Taylor M.D., Eye Surgery Center of Paducah, Ky., gave a comprehensive overview of cataracts in a recent interview. This interview is a helpful resource to inform yourself or a loved one on the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options for cataracts.
Also during Cataract Awareness Month, patients can enter a drawing on YourSightMatters.com to win a FREE Kindle Fire. For every entry received, YourSightMatters.com will donate $5 to Operation Sight, a non-profit organization with the goal to restore vision and enhance the lives of those who are affected by cataracts. Be a part of giving the gift of sight for men and women who cannot afford cataract surgery!