June is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the United States? Over 24 million Americans over the age of 40 have cataracts.
Scientists think there may be several reasons for the development of cataracts; including aging, smoking, diabetes and excessive exposure to sunlight. Cataracts can also develop soon after an eye injury, or even years later. The most common type of cataract is related to aging, and more than half of all Americans age 65 and older have a cataract. Cataracts affect men and women equally, as well as all races and ethnic groups.
However, the development of cataracts does not have to mean a loss of sight. Treatment of cataracts is more than 95% successful in restoring good vision. Fortunately, the treatment is simple, safe and effective. Lehmann Eye Center provides state-of-the-art vision services for patients with cataracts.