Cataracts affect more than 20 million Americans every year. In an attempt to raise awareness of the condition and reduce the need for cataract treatment among Americans, several nonprofit organizations have declared June to be Cataract Awareness month. During this month, we hope you will educate yourself on how cataracts are caused, and want to help you learn more about preventing them.
to reduce your chances of getting cataracts:
- Limit your eyes' exposure to UV radiation by wearing sunglasses and eyeglasses with UV protection
- Quit smoking
- Consume less than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
While all these steps can reduce your risk of cataracts hurting your vision, it is not possible to entirely eliminate your chances of getting them. Your genetic background, age, and any medications you are taking all play a role as well. Therefore, be sure to get regular eye exams so you can catch the symptoms before they develop too far and cause serious damage to your vision.
If you are diagnosed with cataracts, the only way to treat them is through cataract surgery, which replaces the lens of your eye with an artificial intraocular lens implant. In addition to getting rid of your cataracts, this lens can also be cut to correct certain vision problems, solving two issues with the same treatment!
If you live in Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Dutchess County, or any other areas surrounding the Hudson Valley, and you need cataract surgery, there's no better place to get it than Seeta Eye Centers. Our patients report much higher-than-average levels of satisfaction with their treatments, and our experienced staff will answer any questions you may have about the procedure. To set up an initial appointment with Seeta Eye Centers, contact us at 845-454-1025 today.