June is Cataract Awareness Month

June 21st, 2016 No Comments

Adult and Senior In-Home Care New Jersey Mercer & Burlington Counties Visiting Angels

As we become older, we become more at risk to develop certain natural conditions that often arise due to age. Loss of hearing and eyesight are just some of the senses that are often affected by age-related conditions. For instance, most cataracts are developed due to age. Cataracts affect the eyesight of more than 20-million Americans. By age 80, more than half of Americans will either have a cataract or had cataract surgery. It’s increasingly important to understand the risks of cataracts as the Baby Boom generation ages.

What is a cataract?

A cataract is the cloudy or opaque areas in the eye’s lens that are normally clear, which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. The lens of the eye helps to focus images onto the retina, which transmits images to the brain. A cataract usually develops in both eyes, but can affect one eye more than the other. The exact cause of a cataract is unknown.

Even though cataracts can affect anyone, it is most common among older adults. In fact, it is the leading cause of vision loss among adults age 40 and older in the United States. The exact cause of a cataract is unknown. According to the Prevent Blindness, there are eight factors that increase your risk of cataracts aside from getting older, such as:

  • Other diseases, such as diabetes
  • Excessive or long-term exposure to sunlight
  • Family history of cataracts
  • Inflammation in the eye
  • Previous eye injuries
  • Eye diseases, such as glaucoma
  • Smoking
  • Long-term steroid use

Being aware of common signs and symptoms of cataracts is just as important as the risk factors.  In the early stages of development, a cataract can cause nearsightedness. Older adults may also experience blurry images that appear yellowish or brownish. If left untreated, cataracts can eventually lead to blindness.

Visiting Angels understands that vision loss can be frightening and can make getting around more difficult. If you, a parent, or loved one has cataracts and needs assistance with daily living activities, contact Visiting Angels today. Our Angels provide professional, individualized, non-medical in-home care to help improve quality of life for adults and seniors in Mercer and Burlington Counties, New Jersey.


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