August is Cataract Awareness Month.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens. You cannot see your eye’s lens, but the cloudiness is definitely felt. The eye’s lens lies behind the iris and pupil. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss for people 40 years of age and older. Cataracts affect more than 24 million people in the United States alone. Your lens works much like a camera lens. It focuses light onto the retina for clear vision. It also adjusts to let us see things clearly close up and far away. The lens is mostly made of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a precise way that keeps the lens clear and lets light pass through it. But as we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens. This is a cataract.
As you age, these may grow larger and cloud more of the lens. Cataracts make it hard to see. If you think you have a cataract, see an optometrist. Cataracts start out small, but almost always progress. Cataract surgery is recommended for those who have cataracts that affect their daily life. Cataract surgery is safe and successful. It is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. The entire surgery lasts only about 20 minutes, and most people resume normal activities fairly soon after. CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas urges you to take care of your eyes!