More than half of all cases of blindness are caused by cataracts. According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, approximately 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts; this number is expected to increase to 30 million by 2020. While many people have heard the term cataract and it is an extremely…
June is Cataract Awareness Month. Half of all cases of blindness are caused by cataracts, and the majority of these 20 million cases of cataract-induced blindness occur in developing countries. When someone goes blind in many of these countries, it can mean loss of job and status and cause complete dependence on family members. Last July, we wrote an article on cataract prevention tips. This year, we want to highlight a few organizations working to help treat people in third-world countries with cataracts through surgery.
Studies have shown that certain vitamins and minerals help stave off macular degeneration or cataracts, and eating foods with these nutrients can help prevent eye problems. Here are ten foods to include in your diet for optimal eye health.
Diabetes comes with a slew of complications, including eye diseases. In fact, diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. The three major eye ocular complications that can be caused by diabetes are diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma. If you are concerned about diabetes and eye problems, it is important to schedule an eye exam to better understand these three major complications.
Did you know that short term exposure to UV rays can actually burn the front surface of the eye much like the sun can burn your skin?