Seniors need a greater awareness of cataracts and their impact on overall functioning because poor vision in seniors is often associated with premature or accelerated mental decline as well as creating challenges to safe mobility that can put patients at increased risk for orthopedic injury-especially hip fracture. So, cataract awareness and helping seniors restore vision with cataract surgery has an important place in securing senior health, well being, mobility, safety and mental state.
What is a Cataract & How Does it Affect Vision?
A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye preventing light rays from passing through it easily. This results in a clouding and blurring of vision. Patients should understand that cataracts are not a growth or a film over the eye. For many patients cataracts start out slowly and have little effect on vision at first. But, as the cataract becomes denser, so does the impact on vision.
The most common symptoms that bother patients with cataracts can include blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision in one eye, poor night vision, fading or yellowing of colors and the need for frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions.