Please see (below) 5 Myths & Facts regarding Cataracts:
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. However, unlike many eye diseases, vision loss due to cataract can be restored. Cataract Awareness Month is an opportune time to dispel some of the myths that surround this common eye condition. As cataracts happen to be the leading cause of blindness worldwide, if we learn the facts and spread the word we encourage others to discover the truth about cataracts.
- Cataract Myth 1: Only an elderly person can form cataracts.
Cataracts do not discriminate when it comes to age. While over 20 million Americans over the age of 40 develop them, they can also appear in children and young adults. A number of risk factors can cause a cataract to form at any age including injury, smoking, disease, inflammation, UV ray exposure, and steroid use.
- Cataract Myth 2: Taking aspirin can stop cataracts.
Currently, there is not any proof that taking aspirin can stop cataracts from forming. Patients should consult their ophthalmologist prior to administering any treatment or taking preventative action. Large doses of aspirin may be very harmful and should not be taken without the supervision of a doctor.
- Cataract Myth 3: Cataract surgery is risky.
There is always risk involved when having any type of surgery. However, cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has a 95% success rate as well as leading to improved eyesight.
- Cataract Myth 4: Will surgery be required right away?
Your ophthalmologist may not recommend having surgery as soon as the cataract is diagnosed. In fact, most ophthalmologists will wait until the patient is experiencing vision loss which interferes with their ability to work and live.
- Cataract Myth 5: Will recovery take a long time?
Recovery from cataract surgery does not take a long time. Most patients report being able to resume their normal routine within a few days.
If you have questions about cataracts, cataract surgery or need an eye screening, contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today!