Aug 23, 2018 by Jorge Preciado
Cataracts are known as the leading cause of blindness around the planet and they mostly affect seniors. The truth is that, by the age of 80, more than half of Americans will have had a cataract (or a cataract surgery). With this in mind, it’s fundamental that seniors have the accurate information needed to better understand how an investment in private home care can assist your loved one with managing symptoms related to cataracts.
Five Myths About Cataracts
• Cataracts grow on the eye: Cataracts are usually the result of protein fibers joined together and cloud the eyes’ lenses. Because of this, the light becomes scattered or blocked which prevents the retina from receiving a clear image.
• The only symptom is a blurred vision: Blurred vision is the symptom of cataracts that seniors usually report. However, this doesn’t mean it’s also the only symptom of cataracts. Other symptoms include extreme sensitivity to light, frequent variations in eyeglass/contact lens prescriptions, changes in color perception, and double vision.
• Cataracts can be avoided: Technically, no. Even if there is no study on cataract prevention, medical experts indeed believe that following certain steps may reduce the risk of cataract development. Seniors should visit their eye care professional at least once a year. Other helpful steps may be to have a healthy diet that includes fruits and veggies, quit smoking and drinking. Also, wearing sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection is highly beneficial for your eyes.
• Cataract surgery may be dangerous for seniors: Cataract surgery is recognized as one of the safest medical procedures because patients need minimal sedation so those in their 80s and 90s can undergo the operation. Moreover, recovery from the surgery is faster and safer. However, seniors should consult with their eye surgeon before approving cataract surgery.
• Cataracts can return: Once a cataract has been removed from the lens, it cannot return. But over time, a “secondary” cataract may develop. Not to worry though because this situation can be corrected with a quick and painless procedure - a YAG laser capsulotomy.