Cataracts are a common age-related eye condition that affects millions of Americans. By age 80, most Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery, according to the National Eye Institute.
The term “age-related” can be misleading, however. Senior adults aren’t the only ones who can get cataracts. Many middle-aged adults develop cataracts, and even youth and young adults can have cataracts. Cataracts are on the rise among the Baby Boomer generation and even among younger adults. This is due to increased stress levels and overuse of the eyes, particularly overuse caused by digital overload.
Adults 40 and older should be screened for cataracts. The earlier they are diagnosed and the sooner they are treated, the less impact cataracts will have on one’s lifestyle.
Reduce Your Risk of Cataracts
There are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk
of developing cataracts.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t drink to excess.
- Reduce stress in your life.
- Get adequate rest.
- Eat a diet that is low in calories and contains large amounts of Vitamin B.
If you do develop cataracts, no matter your age, they do not have to have a permanent impact on your quality of life. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States, with more than three million procedures performed each year.
Cataract surgery is an outpatient surgery and requires little down time. Most cataract patients experience little to no pain following the procedure and are able to resume normal activity the day following surgery. Within a week post-surgery, most patients are able resume their normal lives.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of cataracts (cloudy or blurry vision; faded colors; seeing glares or halos around lights; poor night vision; double vision; or frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription) schedule an appointment for an eye exam today. The sooner cataracts are diagnosed and treated, the sooner you will be able to get back to your busy life.