Did You Know June Is Cataract Awareness Month?

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Regular eye exams are crucial for detecting cataracts and other eye conditions early. Many eye diseases, including cataracts, develop slowly and without pain, making it easy to overlook the early signs.

A cataract develops when protein in the eye’s lens builds up to form a layer. This natural process happens gradually as we age. It can lead to blurred vision and eventual blindness. Cataracts can also form as a result of trauma to the eye.


An image showing a normal eye and a cataract eye.


Risk Factors for Developing Cataracts

Risk factors that can increase your chances of developing cataracts include:

  • Age. People over 50 years old are most at risk.
  • Genetics. Having family members with the condition.
  • Lifestyle. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and spending time in the sun without wearing sunglasses.
  • Health conditions. Diabetes and other health issues.
  • Medication. Certain medicines can increase the likelihood of cataracts.


BVA: Providing Leading Care for Cataracts

Our team of eye doctors and surgeons is dedicated to providing specialized care for eye diseases, including cataracts. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.