A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that affects your vision. Your lens is normally clear. This clouding makes you feel like you are looking through a fogged-up window. Cataracts impact your night vision the most. By age 80, more than 50 percent of Americans either have a cataract or have already had cataract surgery. Cataract removal is usually a safe and effective procedure.
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- The risk of cataracts increases as you age.
- You should be screened for cataracts every two to four years from age 40 until 65 and every one to two years at 65 and older.
- Diabetes increases your risk of getting cataracts.
- People who have extensive exposure to sunlight are more likely to develop cataracts.
- People who have had eye injuries are at a higher risk of developing cataracts.
- Extended use of corticosteroids may increase risk of developing cataracts.
- If you smoke, you may also have an increased risk of developing cataracts.
- Cataracts cannot spread from one eye to the other.
- By age 65 about 50 percent of Americans have developed some degree of lens clouding.
- By age 80, more than 50 percent of Americans either have a cataract or have already had cataract surgery.
- The only effective treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove the clouded lens.
- About 90 percent of cataract surgery cases yield better vision afterward.
- Typically age-related cataracts progress slowly over a number of years.
- Cataracts in younger people and people with diabetes may progress more rapidly.
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