The month of June is cataract awareness month! With cataracts becoming more prevalent, it’s important to take the proper steps towards awareness. Cataracts are a serious eye condition and the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States. Bring awareness during cataract awareness month and encourage annual eye exams and ultimately prevent blindness.
Raising Cataract Awareness
1. Participate In Eye Care Events
We bring awareness to cataracts and encourage annual eye exams as you get older to detect cataracts in their early stages and ultimately prevent blindness. We travel to worksites, schools, and communities to provide onsite mobile eye exams and eyewear for everyone including older adults! Book an eye care event for your community!
2. Learn About Cataracts
Educate yourself on different causes and treatments for cataracts. Learn different ways to prevent cataracts. After learning educate your friends and family so they can as well spread awareness during cataract awareness month!
Cataract surgery is usually covered by insurance, but many people in do not have access to this type of care. You can help by donating to organizations that provide cataract surgery and other eye care services to those in need.
What Are Cataracts?
Cataracts are a common condition that occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded. This can cause blurred vision, trouble seeing at night, and changes in the color of objects. Cataracts usually develop slowly and painlessly, and they can eventually lead to blindness if they are not treated.
How To Prevent Cataracts
The most effective way to prevent a cataract is to receive annual eye exams. Eye exams can help detect cataracts at it’s earliest stage. Not only can it detect cataracts, but it can detect other health risks like diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and more. If you haven’t had an eye exam in years, it’s time to schedule one!
Certain vitamins and minerals can help reduce your risk of developing cataracts. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet, especially those that are high in antioxidants, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, and Brussels sprouts.
Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage the proteins in your eyes, leading to cataracts. Wear sunglasses that block UV rays when you are outdoors, and try to stay in the shade whenever possible.