Did you know that 80 percent of Americans believe that sight is the most important of all of the senses? Did you also know that approximately 24 million Americans age 40 or older are affected by cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in the world?
August is Cataract Awareness Month, and in an attempt to better understand how cataracts affect people’s daily life, YourSightMatters.com is inviting individuals aged 60 and over to participate in our National Vision Survey. All month long, we will be gathering information on vision issues, and in return, we will provide participants with a free cataract information kit to help them learn more about how to protect your vision.
“More than half of individuals over the age of 70 suffer from cataracts, but they are incredibly treatable,” said Jeffrey Taylor, M.D., the new medical director of YourSightMatters.com. “With results from this survey, we will be better able to educate the public on the importance of vision care and treatment, and in turn, better serve our patients.”
A cataract is the clouding on your eye’s lens. Common symptoms of cataracts include cloudy or blurred vision, difficulty seeing at night, appearance of “halos” around lights, and frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. Cataracts are easily treatable, especially when discovered early. Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most common surgeries performed in the U.S. It is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.
You can help us better understand this condition and who it affects by participating in our National Vision Survey. Individuals will receive a free vision kit in appreciation of your time given in taking the survey. Those who wish to participate can access the survey at YourSightMatters.com/NationalVisionSurvey, and fill it out online. The survey will be available until August 31.
Your vision is too precious to ignore problems such as cloudy vision. Remember to get your eyes checked regularly and prevent vision loss.