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Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month!

What are cataracts?

Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. The lens bends (refracts) light rays that come into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear, like the top lens in the illustration.

Vision Problems with Cataracts

If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy, like the bottom lens in the illustration. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract.

The definition of a cataract is a cloudy lens in the eye, whatever the cause may be. Here the cataract lens is compared to a natural clear lens.

What Are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Here are some vision changes you may notice if you have a cataract:

  • Having blurry vision
  • Seeing double (when you see two images instead of one)
  • Being extra sensitive to light
  • Having trouble seeing well at night, or needing more light when you read
  • Seeing bright colors as faded or yellow instead

Nearly everyone will develop cataracts as they age, which can lead to vision loss. Fortunately, cataract surgery can improve your vision. Learn more in this info-graphic:

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