June has been declared 'Cataract Awareness Month'

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Prevent Blindness America has declared the month of June "Cataract Awareness Month".

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A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye.

While cataracts can occur at any age, the condition usually presents itself in the elderly population.

In fact, one in six Americans over age 40 are affected.

Common symptoms include blurred vision, double vision, and increased glare.

Although cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide, through a common and safe procedure, the condition can be reversed.

Doctor Eric Reish, with Louisiana Eye and Laser, said the sooner cataracts are detected, the better.

"As a cataract progresses, the surgery is a little bit more difficult and recovery is a little bit longer,” Reish explained. “So, it's better to get these cataracts taken care of at an early stage."

Nine out of ten patients who have cataract surgery gain 20/20 to 40/40 vision.

For more information on your options with cataract surgery in Alexandria visit, louisianaeyeandlaser.com.

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