June is Cataract Awareness Month
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye.
Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States.
Close to 70 percent of Americans have cataracts by the time they are 75 years old. Cataracts can also sometimes be found in young people or even newborn babies.
We can think of a cataract as a spot on the lens that causes the pictures our eyes take to turn out faded and blurry.
Cataracts can grow over time, due to the clumping of protein on the lens, and if allowed to progress, can lead to blindness.
During Cataract Awareness Month in June, the Sonomed Escalon reminds that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight.
Schedule an eye exam to make sure your eyes are healthy for the future.