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EyeCare America Works to Prevent Blindness Caused by Cataracts
Date:8/11/2009

National Non-profit Provides No Cost Eye Exams to Seniors during National Cataract Awareness Month this August

San Francisco, CA (Vocus) August 11, 2009 -- Did you know that cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults 55 and older? In fact, more than half the people over age 65 have some degree of cataract development.

Moreover, a recent study out of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston indicates that seniors suffering from poor vision have shown evidence of a premature mental decline. The results of this study clearly bring to light the importance of routine eye care for older adults, who are at increased risk of eye conditions that cause severe visual impairment such as cataracts. What people may not know is that vision loss caused by cataracts can be easily treated.

In honor of "Cataract Awareness Month," taking place in August, EyeCare America encourages people to call the EyeCare America Seniors EyeCare Program. This year-round program offers eye exams and care to seniors who are without an ophthalmologist (a medical eye doctor). To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, call 1-800-222-EYES (3937). The EyeCare America help line operates all day, every day, year-round.

"My eyesight has improved a lot and I feel blessed... But for you and (my doctor) I might still be groping in the darkness and stumbling throughout the rest of my life," said Mr. Atma Tyagi, a 78-year old EyeCare America patient who underwent cataract surgery.

What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, the part
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