Cataracts Affect more than Vision

cataractThe data regarding cataracts tell us a lot about the prevalence of this condition. If we look at the numbers, we see that 70% of us will develop cataracts in one or both eyes at some point. Generally, it is the “at some point” that we remember. This sounds like the distant future, and we like that; because who wants cataracts to threaten the longevity of their vision?

There are interesting aspects of the whole cataract conversation. On one hand, we hear that cataracts are the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. On the other hand, we hear that a person can have cataracts removed pretty much whenever they are ready. What is the best timing? Here are some ways to find out . . .

Your Lifestyle is Affected
The more we have learned about health and wellness, the better we care for ourselves. This is reflected in the recent increase in life span. It can also be seen in how older adults are maintaining their active lifestyle well into retirement age. As we age, we don’t want to have to cut back on our golf game, or our kayaking or skiing or whatever else we do to stay active! That being the case, there is good reason to attend to the issue of cataracts as early as possible.

Your Quality of Life is Affected
Not interested in running a 5K or riding your bicycle around town? That doesn’t mean you don’t want the highest quality of life you can live! Vision impairment from cataracts can make it difficult to fully see and enjoy the faces of the people you love. This condition could cause you to forego an outing, or to pass on a favorite activity such as gardening or even walking around your neighborhood. Life shouldn’t become constricted just because we get older. Managing eye health is one way to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Your Safety is Affected
The risk of falls is one of the most prevalent concerns older adults face. What studies show is that vision and the risk of falling are directly related. Research also indicates that individuals with cataracts may have a particularly difficult time driving at night, which increases and already-elevated risk for auto accidents.

Patients of Mililani ophthalmologist Dr. Carlos Omphroy receive one on one care for their eye health concerns. For an exam and consultation, call 808-625-5577.

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