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Cataract Awareness and Prevention

By Emma Dickison

The busy summer months are full of plans, family get-togethers and vacations. But, as summer turns the bend toward autumn, August is a good time to focus on getting things in order for the upcoming season.

August is Cataract Awareness Month at Home Helpers and it is the perfect time for seniors to schedule eye health exams.

The symptoms of Cataracts, and what you need to be aware of to prevent this harmful eye condition.

Are You or a Loved One at Risk for Cataracts?

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness. By age 75, about 70% of people will have developed cataracts.* With more than 22 million people in the U.S. afflicted with this disease, we can’t ignore the importance of eye health exams. Cataracts are defined as an opacity or cloudiness of the crystalline lens, which may prevent a clear image from forming on the retina.  Most of us know it as “clouds” or “floaters” in the eyes.  Vision may be faded, sensitive, or distorted and it may be more difficult to see at night or in low light. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, or if a loved one is dealing with any of these symptoms, or simply hasn’t been to the eye doctor recently, it is time to schedule an eye health exam.

Senior Eye Exams for Cataract Prevention

Eye Care America offers a Senior Eye Care Program that ensures that every senior has access to medical eye care and promotes annual eye exams. This program includes free eye care educational materials and facilitates access to affordable eye care. You can visit their site, or click here, to see if you or a loved one qualifies.

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*according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology