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Can Cataracts Cause Blindness?

Can Cataracts Cause Blindness?

Characterized by a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, cataracts can lead to significantly reduced vision if left untreated. In certain cases, the vision loss is so great that it is considered legal blindness.

However, if you have been diagnosed with cataracts, or are experiencing symptoms consistent with cataracts, you are not destined for blindness. Cataract-induced vision loss and blindness can be prevented, and vision lost to the disease can be restored with cataract surgery.

Modern cataract surgery is a safe and routine procedure that has helped millions of people regain their sight and quality of life. Laser Eye Center of Miami is home to some of Miami’s finest cataract surgeons. We welcome the opportunity to help you overcome cataracts and reclaim clear, crisp vision.

Avoid Losing Sight to Cataracts

One of the best ways to reduce the chances of losing precious vision to cataracts is to stay on top of your ocular health with the help of a trusted eye expert. If you are over the age of 60, you should have annual eye exams, wherein an ophthalmologist or optometrist takes a thorough look at the inside of your eyes to look for signs of cataracts and other problems. If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, the American Optometric Association recommends having exams every two years.

If your doctor discovers signs of cataracts, he or she can monitor the cataracts’ progression over time. Just because a cataract exists does not mean it needs to be treated immediately; it is only when a cataract starts affecting your vision that you should consider having cataract surgery. Together, you and your eye doctor can decide when you should move forward with treatment.

Although there is no way to completely avoid cataracts, research suggests that certain healthy lifestyle habits may help to slow their development. Our cataract surgeons suggest you do the following:

  • Avoid smoking
  • Protect your eyes from the sun with sunglasses
  • Eat a healthy diet with foods high in antioxidants
  • Avoid the prolonged use of corticosteroid medications

Contact Laser Eye Center of Miami

To learn more about reducing your risk of cataract-induced vision loss, feel free to reach out to the team at Laser Eye Center of Miami. You can contact us at (305) 443-4733 or send us an email.