I Can See Clearly Now

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Did you know that by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery?

While cataracts generally don’t cause pain, redness or tears, there are some common warning signs

  • You have blurred vision, double vision, ghost images, or the sense of a "film" over your eyes.
  • Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work, or you are "dazzled" by strong light.
  • You change eyeglass prescriptions often and the change does not seem to help your vision.
  • You may also be able to see the cataract in your eye. It may look like a milky or yellowish spot in your pupil.

Although cataracts are most commonly associated with aging, there are a number of other factors that might increase cataract risk:

  • Intense heat or long-term exposure to UV rays from the sun
  • Certain diseases, such as diabetes
  • Inflammation in the eye
  • Hereditary influences
  • Events before birth, such as German measles in the mother
  • Long-term steroid use
  • Eye injuries
  • Eye diseases
  • Smoking

If left untreated, cataracts will lead to complete vision loss, which is why we at Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon encourages those over 65 to get a complete eye exam (with dilation) every one or two years, even if they have no problem seeing well.

The good news is that cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and has a 95 percent success rate. And, a recent study found that cataract surgery patients had a significantly reduced rate of hip fractures from falls.

At Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon, we have worked with many clients both before cataract surgery and during the recovery period. For more information on how we can help, please contact us at 541-330-6400 or Like us on Facebook.


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