Navigation Links
Prevent Blindness Designates June as Cataract Awareness Month to Help Educate Public on Leading Cause of Vision Loss and Blindness
Date:5/23/2019

More than 25 million Americans are estimated to have cataract, a clouding of the eye's lens, which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety non-profit organization, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month to educate the public on risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.

Most cataracts are caused by changes related to aging. However, other factors may cause cataracts to form including eye infections, some medicines (such as steroids), and injuries. Prolonged exposure to UV, and various diseases, such as diabetes or metabolic disorders, may also contribute to cataracts forming.

Cataract symptoms may include:

  • Blurred vision, double vision, ghost images, or the sense of a "film" over the eyes
  • Poor night vision
  • Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work
  • Eyeglass prescriptions change often
  • A visible milky or yellowish spot can be seen in the pupil

A healthy lifestyle can decrease the risks of developing cataract. Quitting smoking, controlling blood sugar levels, and consistently wearing UV-protecting sunglasses when outdoors can help.

According to the National Eye Institute, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is also important for keeping the eyes healthy. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

“Cataract is highly treatable with early detection and access to quality eye care services,” said Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “We encourage everyone to make healthy vision a priority today to preserve it for years to come.”

EyeCare America from the American Academy of Ophthalmology offers the “Seniors Program,” where qualified seniors ages 65 and older can obtain a free eye exam and up to one year of follow-up care for any condition diagnosed during the initial exam, for the physician services.

For free information on cataract, please call Prevent Blindness at (800) 331-2020 or visit the Prevent Blindness website at http://www.preventblindness.org/cataract. For a listing of vision care financial assistance programs in English or Spanish, visit https://www.preventblindness.org/vision-care-financial-assistance-information.

About Prevent Blindness
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.

Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/prevent_blindness_designates_june_as_cataract_awareness_month_to_help_educate_public_on_leading_cause_of_vision_loss_and_blindness/prweb16332028.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2019 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved


Related medicine news :

1. Scientists at Cancer Prevention Institute of California Find That a Diet High in Fruits and Vegetables May Significantly Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer
2. Revisiting Prevention of Blood Clots in Chemotherapy Patients
3. Center for Hispanic Leadership to Launch First-Ever Preventive Care Online Educational Portal for U.S. Hispanics on December 2nd
4. Lice Troopers Tip on Lice Prevention
5. Sewage Backup Prevention Tips Offered to Mid-Atlantic Residents
6. UTHealth study aims to change traditional approach to preventing pressure ulcers
7. Teen UV Swimwear Company Helps Raise Cancer Prevention Awareness, Platypus Australia Spread the Word for the I Am Sun Smart Campaign
8. Grandma’s Tips for Child Safety Revealed in New Book "Great Grandma’s Guidelines to Prevent Childhood Accidents"
9. Blocking signal-transmitting cellular pores may prevent damage to kidneys
10. Physical fitness improves survival, prevents some heart attacks
11. National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE) to Host 3rd Annual “Not on My Watch” VIP Reception Benefiting Bullying and Suicide Prevention Efforts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Six Consulting Inc. (SIX) ... of canines – specifically golden retrievers - through innovative cancer prevention medicine. A ... – one out of five retrievers in the United States will die from ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Caravan Health is ... in the country, the company announced today. High-performing community health systems and providers ... increase cost efficiency. This opportunity is open to those new to value-based Medicare ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... September 17, 2019 , ... ... , CA, recently announced that he has been certified by the American Academy ... dentistry is used to correct a wide range of orofacial conditions such as ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... The Center for Information ... of the third edition of The Gift of Participation. Written by CISCRP Founder, ... families to navigate the clinical research process. The new edition offers a fresh ...
(Date:9/14/2019)... ... September 13, 2019 , ... ... showcased several first-in-human studies on the detection and treatment of infectious diseases ... of these ground-breaking studies were noninvasive detection of residual HIV infected cell ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/17/2019)... , ... September 17, 2019 , ... Drs. Nickelice Brand ... implant placement and restorations in one office. Dental implants are a nearly permanent, ... loss. , Dental implants have a high success rate when placed by highly trained ...
(Date:9/17/2019)... ... September 17, 2019 , ... Summer is a time for barbecues, parties and picnics ... our teeth and gums. Dr. Douglas Ng, family dentist in San Luis Obispo ... time for ice cream, and popsicles and ice-filled cold drinks to go along with the ...
(Date:9/14/2019)... CULVER CITY, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... ... ... recent World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) annual congress in Montreal provided a ... the studies highlighted presentations on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect breast cancer, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: