Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cataract Information for Birmingham Seniors

Birmingham seniors are reminded to take note that August marks Cataract Awareness Month. Information about cataracts, cataract surgery and lens implants is important for seniors to become familiar with in order to help preserve their eye health and vision as well as their ability to maintain an active lifestyle.

In the U.S. today more than half of all Americans over 65 have some degree of cataract formation. In fact, cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss among seniors. With modern cataract surgery and lens implants it is well within reach for most people to have their cataracts removed and achieve very good vision.

A cataract is the clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye and is not a growth or a film over the eye. It is this clouding and blurring that impedes patients’ ability to see clearly and crisply.

Cataract development is often a slow moving process that at the beginning may have little impact on vision at all. 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, clouding 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.

Effect of Poor Vision for Seniors
Poor vision in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline. Further, the challenges that 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.

When Should Seniors have Cataract Surgery?
Surgery becomes an option when cataracts begin to interfere with daily activities or with patient comfort, mobility and safety. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. In addition, 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.

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

Michelson Laser Vision and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center are leading eye care centers in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205