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Cataract Awareness Month

POSTED ON August 3, 2010

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August is not only Back-To-School month but Cataract Awareness month.  Prevent Blindness America,  the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, declared August to be Cataract Awareness month teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better educate American’s about cataracts and to teach adults and children alike how to protect themselves and their vision from overexposure to the sun.

August is not only Back-To-School month but Cataract Awareness month.  Prevent Blindness America,  the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, declared August to be Cataract Awareness month teaming up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to better educate American’s about cataracts and to teach adults and children alike how to protect themselves and their vision from overexposure to the sun.

Image of a cataract, photo courtesy of: http://drnancyhoulder.com/textfiles/cataracts/cataract.jpgAugust, typically the hottest month of the year, is a time for last summer vacations to take place and days at the pool before kids gear up for another school year.  Protecting your eyes and skin is ever important this month as it is all year long.  A report from the EPA found that cataracts can be avoided through environmental protection efforts, specifically with reducing ozone layer depletion.

Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens as the proteins in the lens as we age can clump together and cause the lens to cloud and vision to become difficult.  Overexposure to the sun can cause cataracts so that wearing sunglasses and wide-brim hats when outside is vital to protect your vision.

Twenty million American’s age 40 and older have cataracts and currently cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world.  Symptoms can vary per patient so that the best way to protect yourself is to visit your eye care doctor if your vision has become cloudy or blurry or light from the sun or headlights seem too bright or glaring.

Protect your eyes and yourself today and tell someone you know about the danger of overexposure to the sun and cataracts.

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