Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cataract Rates Rising In U.S.

Here's some more information for you during Cataract Awareness Month. It appears that the rate of cataract diagnosis has risen ~19% in the U.S. since the year 2000. Remember our post from the other day about cataracts? Everyone who lives long enough will develop a cataract! At least 50% of those people who develop cataracts will go on to have surgery, and it's probably also true that if you live long enough you will need your cataract out!

There are some risk factors for cataract growth, especially for early onset of cataracts. Family history is important as is your medical history. Diabetes is a very strong risk factor for the development of cataracts. Exposure to ultraviolet light can also increase not only your risk for developing a cataract, but also the speed with which that cataract may get worse.

Thankfully, cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed, successful, and safest surgery in the United States. Not only is it possible to improve your vision once the cataract has caused it to decrease, but there are also implant options that you can choose that will reduce your need to wear glasses after your cataract surgery like the Crystalens from Bausch & Lomb.

Here's the link for the recent story with info from the AAO. Give us a call at SkyVision Centers if you have any questions about cataracts!

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