Posts for tag: Cataract Awareness

By Princeton Eye and Ear
June 04, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

June is Cataract Awareness Month

As the month of May comes to a close, we watch a brand new bunch of youngsters don their caps and gowns and graduate onto bigger and better things. We fill out the influx of RSVP cards that appear in our mailboxes at the dawn of wedding season. We say goodbye to spring, finally break out those bathing suits we bought back in January, and greet the summer sun with a wide smile stretched across our faces.
 
June—the month when all the summer fun starts—is also Cataract Awareness Month. Lawrenceville ophthalmologist servicing Central New Jersey, Princeton and Eastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Chetan S. Shah, wants to you to enjoy every minute of your summer this year and be able to look back through the many pictures you’ll undoubtedly take over the next few months. To help you start your summer off right, here are a few important things to know about cataracts.
 

What are Cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens that blocks or alters light entering the eye. There are currently more than 24 million Americans (forty years old and older) who have cataracts, according to the one report from Prevent Blindness America. Worldwide, this condition is the leading cause of blindness. Unlike many other eye diseases, vision loss due to cataracts can be restored. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has a ninety-five percent success rate.
 
To increase the chances of success with cataract surgery, it is important to catch early warning signs of cataracts. Below are some symptoms that might indicate cataracts in the eye:
  • Blurred vision, double vision, ghost images, or a "film" over the eyes
  • Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work
  • Strong light causes headaches or vertigo
  • Frequent change in eyeglass prescriptions with little to no improvement in eyesight
  • Milky or yellowish spot in the pupil

How Can I Prevent Cataract?

Though there is no proven way to prevent cataracts from forming, there are a few behaviors that seem to be either intrinsically or indirectly linked to cataract formation. General wellness promotes healthy vision; Lawrenceville, Central New Jersey, Princeton and Eastern Pennsylvania patients can follow these tips to decrease their chances of developing cataracts:
  • Visit an ophthalmologist regularly
  • Don’t smoke
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV light
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
To learn more about cataracts or cataract surgery, call 609-403-8840 to schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Dr. Chetan S. Shah in Lawrenceville, NJ, who also services Central New Jersey, Princeton and Eastern Pennsylvania.