Cataracts do not cause strabismus, but any interference with vision can make it harder to keep the eyes focused for those of us who have strabismus. Cataracts cloud the vision, causing a blurred effect.
August is National Cataract Awareness Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts are a leading cause of visual loss among adults 55 and older. The Academy reports that more than half the people over age 65 have some degree of cataract development.
The AAO says that if you have a cataract, you may have:?
- Blurry vision, with no pain
- Glare, or sensitivity to light
- Many eyeglass prescription changes
- Double vision in one eye
- A need to read with brighter light
- Poor vision at night
- Dull or yellowed color
St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute provides an excellent visual explanation of Cataracts.
Eye Care America, a Public Service Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “helps to ensure that all eligible seniors have access to medical eye care.” According to their website, “Eligible seniors who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years may be able to receive a referral for eye care at no out-of-pocket cost for up to one year.” Click Eye Care America to learn more.
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