Cataract Awareness Month

What are some risk factors that may contribute to cataracts?

• Age
• Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
• Certain diseases, such as diabetes
• Inflammation in the eye
• Hereditary influences
• Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother
• Long-term steroid use
• Eye injuries
• Eye diseases
• Smoking

What are the symptoms of a cataract?

You have blurred vision, double vision or ghost images. The sense of a “film” over your eyes and you may be able to see the cataract in your eye. A yellow milky spot in your eye which is an indication that you may need to consult with your doctor.

What causes cataracts?

Age is the primary cause of cataracts with occurences usually appearing after the age of 40. 

Other causes of cataracts are, congenital, traumatic from cuts, punctures or hard blows and secondary effects of some medicines and diseases such as diabetes. 

If you notice any of these symptoms or changes in your vision, request an appointment and find out how we can help.