June is National Cataract Awareness Month
- Posted on: Jul 30 2019
Did you know that Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States? June is Cataract Awareness Month, so please read this blog carefully. According to Prevent Blindness America’s Vision Problems in the U.S. report, more than 22.3 million Americans have cataracts. A cataract occurs when proteins clump together in the eye’s lens and interfere with light passing through to the retina. This causes a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which results in blurred, fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light. Many young people in Louisville, and half of all people over the age of 60 suffer from cataracts in one or both eyes. Do you know someone who is at risk for cataracts or maybe someone who is suffering from cataracts? Please keep reading.
There is currently no medical treatments to reverse or prevent the development of cataracts. Once they form, the only way to achieve clear vision again is through cataract surgery. Cataract surgery involves removing the eye’s blurry lens and replacing it with an artificial one called an intraocular lens. Patients who have another eye disease in addition to cataracts may not be able to have the surgery, in which case special contact lenses or high magnification glasses may be suggested.
Being diagnosed with cataracts does not mean you must immediately have cataract surgery. Each case of cataracts is unique, and some people may develop them and never have major problems with their vision. Surgery is only required when you believe your quality of life has been impaired by poor vision.
Here at the Taustine Eye Center, Dr. Taustine specializes in cataract surgery. With over 30 years of experience and tens of thousands of cases of microscopic surgery performed on the eye, Dr. Lloyd Taustine continues to be on the leading edge of surgical advancements in his field. He was one of the first doctors to perform no stitch cataract surgery. Dr. Taustine is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” and has been chosen as the “Best Adult Ophthalmologist in Louisville” repeatedly by Louisville Magazine polls since 2001.
Please contact us at the Taustine Eye Center (502-458-9004) to learn more about cataracts and the possibility of surgery. We are here to answer all of your questions and we look forward to meeting you!
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