June is Cataract Awareness Month. If you are over the age of 60 and it has been longer than 12 months since your last eye exam, call 845-454-1025 to schedule an appointment at our Poughkeepsie or Fishkill office right away.
Cataracts are an age-related vision disorder and the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. While not treatable, natural lenses with cataracts can be removed and replaced with artificial lenses to address the issue. These same lenses may even correct some refractive errors and help provide freedom from prescription eyewear.
Our cataract surgeons offer a bladeless procedure in addition to more traditional approaches. During your initial consultation at one of our Hudson Valley offices, we can discuss your cataract surgery options to help ensure you are choosing the technique and intraocular lens best suited to meet your specific needs and desires.
Bad News for Millennials
According to Prevent Blindness, cataract cases are on pace to increase 78% by the year 2050. From their site:
“[T]he current number of those in the United States with cataract(s) will increase from more than 25.7 million, to 38.5 million by 2032, and then to 45.6 million by the year 2050.”
But all hope is not lost. While an age-related disorder, there are several lifestyle factors that increase risks for cataract development as well. Making smart decisions when you are younger can help delay or even prevent the onset of cataracts.
Steps you can take to protect your eyes include:
- Do not smoke. If you smoke, quit now. Smokers are 3x more likely to develop cataracts
- Wear sunglasses. UV exposure increases risks of cataracts
- Keep diabetes under control. Cataracts are more likely when blood sugar levels are not maintained
- Avoid steroids. Steroids use is linked to cataract development
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can also help delay or prevent many age-related disorders. Healthy diets are high in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. It is best to avoid foods that come in boxes, foods that have been heavily processed, foods that have been bleached or whitened, and foods and beverages containing high amounts of sugar.
It is best to begin seeing one of our ophthalmologists yearly for routine exams after the age of 40, but we may recommend more frequent visits at an earlier age when several risk factors for vision disorders are present. During your next visit to our office we can discuss how often you should plan on visiting to help keep your vision clear for years to come.
If you have not been to the eye doctor in over a year, Cataract Awareness Month can serve as the perfect reminder to schedule an appointment. Call Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025 to schedule your next visit today.
With offices in Fishkill and Poughkeepsie, our opthamologists offer bladeless cataract surgery, custom LASIK, and several other vision correction services to men and women living throughout the Hudson Valley. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more.