June is Cataract Awareness Month!
Did you know that over Twenty-two million Americans are affected by cataracts? In honor of cataract awareness month, our eye doctors at Eden Prairie Eye Care want you to become aware of the different ways that you can protect your eyes from cataracts. First and foremost you will want to wear your sun glasses when outdoors at all times. Direct exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts. Secondly practicing good habits like avoiding smoking and alcohol. Both of these activities can increase your risks for cataract formation.
A cataract is a gradual clouding of the eye's lens that leads to decreased vision. As a cataract matures, it often causes glare, as well as diminished contrast and color sensitivity. Over time, if left untreated, cataracts lead to decreased vision.
While it is possible to reduce your risk of developing cataracts, unfortunately it is not 100 percent preventable. There are many factors that can contribute to the development of cataracts including: family history, medications, and age.
For more information and to discuss your risks for cataracts schedule your annual Clarifye eye exam today.