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Find Out if You’re At Risk for Cataracts

By January 10, 2014February 3rd, 2016No Comments
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Find Out if You’re At Risk for Cataracts

Cataracts are common everywhere, even Las Vegas. They are usually a risk that comes with growing older. However, not every older person has cataracts and not every person who has cataracts is a senior citizen.

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which should be clear. Cataracts usually develop gradually. Though some cataracts stop progressing, some can progress to the point where the patient is visually impaired. Because of this, if you or someone you know suspects they have cataracts or knows that cataracts are developing they should find an experienced ophthalmologist in Las Vegas and see them at least twice a year to monitor the eye.

Besides age, other conditions can make a person more at risk for cataracts. Diabetics are more likely to develop cataracts as are people who smoke. People who spend a lot of time in the sun are also prone to getting cataracts more often than people who don’t. People who take medication such as steroids are also more at risk.

Some children are born with cataracts. This condition is quite rare. These cataracts are known as congenital cataracts. Sometimes they are inherited or are due to the shape of the lens. A woman who suffers an infection during her pregnancy or who abuses drugs or alcohol also increases the chances of her baby being born with cataracts.

Women are more at risk for cataracts than men. Hispanics and African Americans are at a greater risk for cataracts than Caucasians.

Other eye disorders like glaucoma, nearsightedness, uveitis and injuries are also risk factors for developing cataracts.

The only treatment for a cataract that greatly impairs vision is surgery. Patients visiting their ophthalmologist should ask about laser cataract surgery in Las Vegas. Laser cataract surgery is the most effective and safest way to combat cataracts.

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