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June Is Cataract Awareness Month

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June is Cataract Awareness Month and all month long, Drexel Medicine will be exploring this condition to help you better understand it. Every week, a new health story delves into different areas of cataract disease, including how it is diagnosed, who gets it and how it is treated.

Cataracts and Cloudy Vision

A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that affects vision. While cataracts are generally age-related, they can occasionally be present at birth, a condition known as a congenital cataract.

People with cataracts often describe having blurry or double vision, a strong glare, or difficulty seeing at night. Surgery is the only available treatment for removal, although it is typically not necessary. However, a cataract can lead to additional eye problems, so consult your ophthalmologist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Cataracts and Aging Eyes

Adult cataracts develop slowly and painlessly, and early diagnosis is important for maintaining good eye heath. Mild clouding of the lens often occurs after age 60 with few vision problems, but by age 75, most people with cataracts have symptoms that do affect their vision.

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If you think you're suffering from an eye condition or would simply like an eye exam, we encourage you to call 215.762.EYES (3937) and schedule an appointment with a Drexel Eye Physician.

Visual problems that may be associated with cataracts include:

  • Being sensitive to glare
  • Cloudy, fuzzy, foggy, or filmy vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night or in dim light
  • Double vision
  • Loss of color intensity
  • Problems seeing shapes against a background or the difference between shades of colors
  • Seeing halos around lights

A standard eye exam and slit-lamp examination is used to diagnose cataracts.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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