With more than half of all Americans projected to develop cataracts in their lifetime, the eye disorder should be taken seriously by everyone, regardless of age. According to the National Eye Institute, the prevalence of cataracts in Americans is on the rise. From 2000 to 2010, the country saw an increase of 20 percent in cases, rising from 20.48 million to 24.41 million in the first decade of the century. The next few decades continue the trend at an alarming rate with cases expected to almost double by 2050 with 50 million cases of cataracts.
How can you prevent becoming just another statistic affected by cataracts? By first understanding the early signs of cataracts and developing a health plan, you can help slow their development as you age.
Here's what to look for:
Early stage warnings - The first signs of cataracts can be easily mistaken for near-sightedness and include difficulty seeing at night, halos or rings around lights, blurry vision and faded colors. Trouble dealing with glare and double vision are also common symptoms.
Advanced stage symptoms - Gradual loss of clear vision, both day and night as the cataract grows across the lens of the eye. Cloudy vision is always present and many patients even report being able to see the white cloud of the cataract on the eye.
When cataracts reach this advanced stage, the only way to restore healthy vision is through cataract surgery. Removing the cataract from the lens eliminates the foggy, blurred vision, allowing sufferers to regain their lifestyle and freedom.
As Round Rock's top eye care center, we help thousands of patients regain clear vision through cataract surgery. Call us today to discuss your eye health options and to schedule a full eye health evaluation.