This month is cataract awareness month, Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries. But, do you know what a cataract is? 
Inside our eye is a crystalline lens. The purpose of this lens is to focus the light rays that pass to the back of the eye. When that lens begins to get cloudy, images begin to get distorted and not as clear. Cataracts are a natural component of the aging process. However, there are other factors that can cause a cataract to form. Some of those other factors include Diabetes, some prescription drugs, UV rays, smoking and drinking.
It often takes times for a cataract to form so a person may not realize they have one. You may find things are blurry, colors aren't as bright as they used to be, sensitive to light, not seeing quite as well at nighttime anymore, or your glasses prescription frequently changes. These can all be symptoms of a cataract. 
To determine if you have a cataract you will need to visit your eye care professional. Through a comprehensive, dilated eye exam your eye care professional will be able to visually exam the condition of your crystalline lens. It's important to note, not every person who has a cataract needs to have it removed. When the cataract begins to impair your visual acuity and interrupts your way of life, that is when it is time to come out. You may have a cataract for years and not require surgery.
There are some things you can do to help slow the growth of cataracts. If you are  smoker; stop. If you drink, do so in moderation. Studies show an increase in the development of cataracts of those who drink excessively or smoke. Eat right.. Make sure you are eating a lot of leafy green vegetables and foods high in antioxidants.
Keep your eyes protected. UV rays from the sun are bad for your skin and for your eyes. Exposure to those UV rays can speed up the formation of cataracts. Make sure your sunglasses have UVA/UVB protection and wear a wide brimmed hat when outdoors.
If it's been a year or more since you had a dilated exam take time to make an appointment today. Fremont office (419) 334-8121 or (419) 435-3482.

Contact Eye Centers Of Northwest Ohio

2311 Hayes Avenue
Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 334-8121
622 Parkway Drive
Fostoria, Ohio 44830
(419) 435-3482
Fremont: (419) 334-8121 - Fostoria: (419) 435-3482