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CATARACTS

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Cataract Resources

What is a Dilated eye exam?

Cataract surgery can be costly

A dilated eye exam is when an

ranging anywhere from $1,000 to

ophthalmologist places drops in your

$5,000 per eye. Though most

eyes to dilate and open your pupil to

insurance companies may cover

get a better look at the inside and back

some of this cost, including Medicare

of your eye for a more thorough

(up to $2,000), it is important to ask

examination. The drops take 20-30

your provider what your coverage is

minutes to work and the effects can last

for cataract surgery.

for a few hours so make sure to arrange

For those without insurance or

a ride to and from your appointment.

without the means to pay out of

If you do not have insurance or can not

pocket, some non-profit

afford a dilated eye exam you maybe be

organizations may be able to help.

eligible for a free exam from both

Mission Cataract USA is a group of

Medicare or certain organizations if you

eye care professionals across the US

are over the age of 65 or have certain

providing free cataract surgery to

risk facts. To see if you qualify contact:

eligible participants. To learn more

EyeCare America 1-877-887-6327

and see if you qualify, call

Vision USA 1-800-766-4466

1-800-343-7265

What you need to know to know

Before it’s too late


What is Cataract? The lens is the part of the eye behind your iris and pupil. It is filled with clear liquid and works like a camera lens to focus light on the back part of the eye that allows us see. When we age, the proteins found in the liquid of the lens can clump together. As a result of this clumping, the lens becomes cloudy or blurry and blocks or changes how light travels through the eyes. This blurring or dimming of vision is referred to as Cataract(s) and can occur in one or both eyes. Currently, 20 million Americans

Am I at Risk?

Prevention

Cataracts develop mainly as a result of aging. However, there are other factors that may put you at higher risk of developing a cataract:

Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight may help to delay cataract. If you smoke, stop. Researchers also believe good nutrition can help reduce the risk of age-related cataract. They recommend eating green leafy vegetables, fruit, and other foods with antioxidants.If you are age 50The

• Certain diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure • Tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption • Prolonged exposure to sunlight • Family history

Signs & Symptoms

over the age of 40 have cataract in one

• Cloudy or blurry vision.

or both eys. By the age of 80, more

• Colors seem faded.

than half of all Americans have at

• Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight

least one cataract

may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights. • Poor night vision. • Double vision or multiple images in one eye.

symptoms of early cataract may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these measures do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.

Treatments The symptoms of early cataract may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these measures do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment. Surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens. A cataract needs to be removed only when vision loss interferes with your everyday activities, such as driving, reading, or watching TV. You and your eye care professional can make this decision together.


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