Cataracts are an eye condition characterized by the clouding of the eyes’ lenses. This condition is the most common cause of vision loss among people over the age of 40 and the primary reason for blindness in the world. An eye exam at your local eye care center can help diagnose this ailment and determine the best course of treatment.
At Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, we know that there are many misconceptions about the condition. Today’s article debunks the most common myths about cataracts.
Myth 1: Only the Elderly Develop the Condition
While it is true that cataracts affect more than 22 million people in the United States ages 40 and older, the condition can also manifest in other age groups, particularly young adults and children. In fact, a variety of risk factors may lead to symptoms of cataracts showing up at a younger age. These include exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, diabetes and other certain diseases, heredity, eye inflammation, eye injuries and eye diseases, among others.
Myth 2: Surgery May Be Required Upon Diagnosis
Cataract surgery would suffice only if the patient is ready to undergo the procedure. You can elect to have it when the vision loss has been interfering with your ability to perform daily life activities. The patient and the optometrist or an eye doctor will have to make the decision when the surgery happens and if it is necessary.
Myth 3: The Surgical Procedure Is Dangerous
Cataract surgery is a delicate operation that involves removing the clouded lenses and replacing it with an artificial lens implant. Contrary to what many people believe, it is one of the safest eye-related procedures with a 95% success rate. In fact, patients can see well enough to resume daily activities a few days after the procedure, improving vision further in a matter of weeks and months.
Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry is your local eye care provider for your needs. Apart from eye exams, we also provide eyeglasses and contact lenses. Fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment today. You may also call us at (703) 413-1400 if you are in Arlington, VA. Otherwise, dial (703) 660-9494, (703) 573-1200 or (703) 467-9080.