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Cataract Awareness

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the main cause of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of those who are 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by the time they reach 80 years old, more than 50 percent of all Americans will have had a cataract.

A cataract is a clouding of the lens; one which limits or affects the path of light into the eye. In the interior part of the eye, the lens exists within a sort of sac or capsule. When aging cells stop functioning, they end up trapped within the capsule. Eventually, a large amount of cells die and accumulate, causing the lens to become veiled, leading to vision that is blurred or fuzzy. Cataracts are an expected side effect of older age. Other causes for developing a cataract include diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, family history, ongoing steroid use, smoking and eye injuries.

In the first phases of cataract development, more efficient lights and glasses could be prescribed to reduce the vision issues you may have begun to notice. Eventually, though, a surgical procedure may be required to improve your sight. But, it's comforting to know that more than 9 out of 10 sufferers who have cataract surgery reacquire perfect or near perfect sight.

If you are in your fifties and having a hard time seeing in low light, you might want to discuss cataracts with your optometrist. There are treatments available for cataracts, and we know you want to be able to see well throughout your golden years.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD