Although we’ve seen more clouds than blue skies this summer, your eye care professional will likely still recommend wearing sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays, to help protect your eyes against sun damage that may result in cataracts.
August is Cataract Awareness Month and, despite active lifestyles and better overall health than previous generations, Boomers may begin to experience blurry vision and more difficulty driving at night, associated with the clouding of the lenses in their eyes.
More than half of Americans either have cataracts – or have already had surgery to correct cataracts – by age 80. The hardening and clouding of the lens may begin in some people in their 40s and 50s, as they notice things are “blurry,” or colors seem more faded.
By the time an adult with cataracts is in their 60s, symptoms may include a glare or “halo” in bright light, or increased sensitivity to sunlight, as well as poor night vision. As the lenses harden, people may notice a temporary improvement to their vision when reading, while viewing things clearly at a distance becomes more difficult.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), most cases of cataracts are related to age; but the problem may also be related to other conditions, including glaucoma, diabetes, smoking, even steroid use.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight also has been associated with the onset of cataracts; doctors and eye care professionals recommend wearing sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
When it becomes problematic, cataracts are usually corrected with surgery, in which the damaged lens is removed and replaced with a new lens. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the cost for cataract surgery is about $3,300, per eye, and the cost is covered by Medicare.
CDC statistics report that more than 20.5 million Americans, age 40 and up, have cataracts, and more than 3 million people each year undergo surgery to correct the problem.
The procedure is considered safe and fairly painless, with a 98% success rate, and more than 99.5% of patients reporting no significant post-operative complications.
If you’ve always envisioned a carefree lifestyle, you’ll see that Windsong communities have everything you need, including low-maintenance ranch-style homes designed to maximize accessibility and minimize hassles, communities with walkable streets and a private fitness center in the clubhouse, and neighbors with similar life-stage experiences. So put on your sunglasses and enjoy a bright, sunny future (even when it rains!)
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