Do you know that cataracts are the leading source of deteriorating vision among those 55 and older? In fact, more than 50% of all people who are 65 and older has some degree of cataract development. And by the time they hit 80, it is likely that most people will have developed a cataract, or will have already had one removed.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye; one that limits or alters the way light enters into the eye. Cataracts are an expected part of aging. Other possible causes for developing a cataract include strong heat or long-term exposure to the sun's UV rays, obesity, diabetes, family medical history, inflamed eyes, eye injuries and smoking.
In the first stages of cataract development, stronger lighting and eyewear could be implemented to lessen the vision problems you might experience. Eventually, though, cataract surgery might be required to help your eyesight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 90 percent of sufferers who have cataract surgery recover strong vision.
If you are over 55 years old and having a hard time seeing in low light, you ought to discuss cataracts with your eye care professional. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to have total visibility throughout your golden years.