When your aging parent’s vision is declining



Is a close family member struggling with nighttime driving, excess glare or overall blur? Consider asking your local optometrist or ophthalmologist for a cataract evaluation.


A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens in the eye due to protein buildup as we age. Cataracts can start around age 50 and usually progress slowly over time. A history of smoking, corticosteroid use, excess UV and diseases such as diabetes can increase cataract formation.


As a cataract develops, it decreases the amount of light that reaches the retina, which many people notice during nighttime driving. The glare sensitivity and overall blur increase in severity as the cataract further develops.


Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. The procedure and recovery are quick, and the risk of complications is low. In preparation for cataract surgery, an ophthalmologist will take several measurements of the affected eye to decide the best lens implant. During the procedure, the natural lens of the eye is removed and an artificial lens implant is put in its place.


You can help prevent cataract formation for a loved one — and your own eye health — by wearing sunglasses when outdoors, avoiding smoking and getting an annual eye exam.



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