Monday, August 5, 2013

Alabama Cataract Awareness Month

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham, AL reminds patients of all ages-especially seniors-about cataracts, cataract surgery & lens implants as August is Cataract Awareness Month. The Prevent Blindness America data indicate that more than 24 million Americans over 40 now suffer from cataracts-representing a 19% increase since the year 2000. “For our Alabama senior population this is even more meaningful as more than half of those over 65 are reported to have cataracts-that’s the not so bad news. Not so bad because today with modern cataract surgery and advanced technology lens implants we can help our seniors obtain excellent vision and maintain their lifestyle and activities,” noted Birmingham Cataract Surgeon Marc Michelson, M.D.

There are still some patients who don’t fully understand that a cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens and not a film over the eye, as some believe. Most often, cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision. The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can include blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions.

“What many people do not realize is that the poor vision in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline. Further, the challenges reduced vision creates in terms of mobility and safety can also put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture. So, helping seniors restore vision with cataract surgery has an important place in securing senior health, well being, mobility, safety and mental state,” said Dr. Michelson.

“When cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with patient comfort, mobility and safety, they can be treated surgically. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. Today, we have a full range of lens implants available that allow us to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and even near vision problems after cataract surgery, as well as distance vision, without requiring bifocals or reading glasses for the vast majority of patients,”, further explained Dr. Michelson.

If you or someone you know has questions about cataract, cataract surgery or lens implants please feel free to call Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or

Michelson Laser Vision and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center are leading eye care centers in Birmingham staffed by a team of specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists & Corneal Specialists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser eye surgery such as LASIK for laser vision correction, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma and fitting of eyeglasses and eyewear.