posted: Jul 18, 2018.
Cataracts Awareness at Lewis County Eye & Vision, Inc. in Chehalis, WA
Here at Lewis County Eye & Vision, Inc. in Chehalis, WA we know that cataracts are a major eye health concern affecting millions of people worldwide. To decrease your risk for cataracts, it is important to know what cataracts are, who tends to get them and how best to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
What are Cataracts?
The lens of the eye is clear and made up mainly of protein and water. It works by modifying its shape when focusing on objects that are at either far away, at a middle distance or close. In this way, the lens bends light rays that enter the eye from any distance so that they focus directly on the retina for a sharp image. Cataracts occur when the normally crystal-clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy from protein clumping. This can cause distortion in vision especially at night, increased problems with glare and decreased color vision. If significant, cataracts can eventually significantly decrease general visual acuity and affect the ability to read, watch television and drive.
Who’s at Risk?
Those who are at the highest risk to develop cataracts include:
- Patients who are aging
- Those who have Diabetes Mellitus
- Those with increased unprotected sun exposure (UVA and UVB radiation)
- Those who smoke cigarettes or who overuse alcohol
Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Healthy
The first tip on keeping your eyes healthy whenever outside to be sure to wear sunglasses with both UVA and UV B protection. Since exposure to the sun’s UVA and B rays can lead to cataracts, you should look for sunglasses with a label indicating UV 400 protection which means both UVA ray (320 to 400 nm long) and UV B (290 to 320 nm long) ray protection. You should also seek a label that indicates “100%” UVA and UVB protection.
Call Our Chehalis, WA Optometry Office Today For an Eye Exam for Cataracts!
Call us today at 360-748-9228 for an appointment with our Chehalis eye care specialists, Dr. John Stoddard, OD and Dr. Robert Burrows, OD. Our office, Lewis County Eye & Vision, is at 1179 S. Market Blvd in Chehalis, WA.