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What You Should Know About Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this common vision issue, and how it can impact your aging parents, so that you can take the proper steps to protect your parent from getting them, or to give them the care they need if they are diagnosed. Going to the eye doctor regularly and being aware of changes in your parent's functioning or behaviors that might indicate low vision or diminished vision are critical to detecting a variety of eye health issues, including cataracts. This makes it easier for you to adjust your care routine to help your parent cope with their changes, stay safer, and protect their health.

Some things you should know about cataracts during Cataract Awareness Month include:

● Nearly two and a half million people over the age of 39 throughout the United States are currently living with cataracts.

●Among the population of aging adults over the age of 75, approximately half are living with this condition.

●Approximately 33 percent of cases of vision impairment throughout the United States are caused by cataracts.

●Nearly half of the cases of blindness throughout the world are caused by cataracts.

●Around 5 percent of cases of blindness in developed countries are caused by cataracts.

●More than 50 percent of cases of blindness in developed countries are caused by cataracts.

●By the age of 80, approximately 75 percent of whites are living with cataracts.

●By the age of 80, approximately 61 percent of Hispanics are living with cataracts.

●By the age of 80, approximately 53 percent of blacks are living with cataracts.

 

If your aging parent has recently been diagnosed with a cataract, or they have been dealing with low vision, now may be an ideal time for you to consider assisted living for them. An assisted living provider can understand the challenges your senior is facing because of their vision problems, and provide highly personalized services designed to help him manage these challenges, as well as any other difficulties they may be having. These services not only help your parent to stay safer and healthier throughout their later years, but also to maintain greater independence, activity, engagement, and fulfillment as they age.

If you or an aging loved one are considering assisted living in Leon Springs, TX please contact the caring staff at Senior Care Family Advisors. Call Today (210) 622-8150

 

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cataracts/symptoms-causes/syc-20353790

http://www.visionproblemsus.org/cataract/cataract-definition.html

https://www.aao.org/newsroom/eye-health-statistics