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Cloudy Vision Can Lead to No Vision

Cataract Awareness Month collage 2015 June

Cloudy vision may be a sign of cataracts, a leading cause of blindness in adults 55 and older

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ (June 1, 2015) – Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in people 55 and older. Dr. Barbara Tarbell encourages everyone to be aware of the symptoms of cataracts, for the sake of their vision or for someone they know.

“A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye,” Dr. Tarbell explained. “They tend to grow gradually, so changes in vision may not be noticeable at first.”

Symptoms of cataracts may include:

• Cloudy vision
• Sensitivity to bright sunlight
• Halos appear around headlights at night
• Colors appear faded

The most common cataracts are age-related, according to Dr. Tarbell. “By age 80, almost half the population either has a cataract or has had a cataract surgically removed,” Dr. Tarbell said.

Cataract surgery is the most common form of surgery in the United States, with more than 1.5 million procedures every year, but surgery is not the first option for anyone with a cataract.

“We can manage some of the symptoms of cataracts in the early stages with sunglasses or eyeglasses with anti-reflective lenses,” Dr. Tarbell said. “When the cataract interferes with daily activities such as reading or driving, it’s time to consider surgery. As with any eye disease, early detection and treatment are the keys to successful management of cataracts. The first step is an annual comprehensive eye examination, especially for persons over 60 years of age.”

Dr. Tarbell is the owner and practitioner of Advanced Eyecare & Vision Gallery located at 305 Omni Drive in Hillsborough, NJ and is a member of Vision Source.


Press Release - Vision Source