According to statistics gathered in 2014 by the National Eye Institute, more than 24 million people in America are affected by cataracts. The organization also estimates that that number will increase by about 15 million by the year 2030. Other studies suggest that about 3 million Americans undergo cataract surgery each year, making it one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. It is certainly good that so many people are taking their eye health seriously and doing what is necessary to improve their vision and lifestyle. In fact, statistics show that 98% of cataract surgeries are successful, meaning that for those who are making the choice to undergo surgery are getting the results they hoped for.
Cataracts are condition in the eye where the lens gradually becomes more opaque, which clouds or blurs the vision progressively over time. When left for long enough, cataracts can eliminate vision all together. Most people think of cataracts as a condition that only elderly people get because is is fairly common to see elderly people with eyes that look “misty” or “milky”. While it is true that it is most common among elderly people, anyone can technically get cataracts. There have been instances of babies born with cataracts, cataracts developing in diabetic people as well as cataracts developing following an injury to the eye itself. In fact, studies by the National Eye Institute also indicate that people with substance abuse problems including alcohol as well as smokers are at a higher risk for developing cataracts. It has also been shown that people with higher than average sun exposure are at greater risk for cataracts too. Symptoms of cataracts included blurred or clouded vision, difficulty seeing well at night, colors may seem faded but lights may seem too bright, double vision, or the need to adjust prescriptions for glasses or contacts more than normal. Cataract treatment is an important part of making sure eyes remain their healthiest and in working condition for as long as possible.
With so many people taking their health into their own hands and scheduling cataract treatments, it suggests that people are really understanding the importance of their vision to their overall health and well being. In the society we live in today, there are more eye problems than ever. This is because people spend more and more time a day with their eyes glued to a screen like a computer, a phone, a tablet or a television. This causes all kinds of issues like computer vision syndrome, eye fatigue, eye strain, headaches, blurry vision and more. Because of this, instances of lasik surgery are common too, for people trying to improve their vision.
It is important for people, especially during a time in human history when people are spending so much time looking at screens like phones, tablets and computers, to regularly see an optometrist or ophthalmologist to address any changes in their vision, discuss possible solutions to vision problems and to ensure eyes stay healthy and functioning at their full potential.