June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataract is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States and if not treated, can lead to blindness. There are 24 million Americans over the age of 40 who are affected by cataracts every year.
In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision.
During Cataract Awareness Month in June, the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants reminds the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which prevents light passing into the eye. The solution to cataracts is surgery, where a surgeon removes the deteriorated lens and replace it with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens. Over 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery annually, making it one of the most common surgeries in the United States. The surgery on lasts about 20 minutes total.
There really is no way to prevent cataracts but to slow the progression try to avoid smoking, reduce UV exposure and eat healthy foods.