June is Cataract Awareness Month

Better Vision Means Better Health

Did you know untreated eye disease, including cataracts, can adversely affect your health? Sometimes to devastating effect.

Studies show a high correlation between auto accidents and untreated cataracts – as much as 75% – compared to those who seek appropriate and timely treatment. Additionally, those over age 65 experience a 16% lower risk of hip fracture after the sight-saving surgery.

It’s estimated more than 22 million Americans live with cataracts and over half of all Americans will develop the condition by age 80. Although cataract is the leading cause of blindness throughout the world, it is considered a conquered disease in the United States due to widely available treatment. However, cataract still accounts for significant vision impairment in the US, especially for those with difficulty accessing care due to cost, availability or other health barriers.

Treatment of cataract involves removal of the clouded natural lens of the eye, replaced with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) implant. Cataract removal is the most common procedure performed in the US with more than a million surgeries conducted annually.

In observance of Cataract Awareness Month, Florida Eye Institute will host Free Vision Screenings in June. Hours are 9:00 am – 11:00 am; Friday, June 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at both Florida Eye Institute locations.

Call (772) 569-9500 for more information.