Nearly 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from cataracts, but what is it? It is the clouding of a normally clear lens. Proteins in the lens begin to clump. These clumps cause the lens to discolor and darker. What causes this? Some risk factors include age, diabetes, smoking, and excessive sun exposure. 

Cataracts numbers:

  • 50% of Americans over the age of 80 have cataracts 
  • $3.4 billion is spent by Medicare on cataracts treatment
  • 99% of cataract surgeries are successful

Clues you might have cataracts:

  • Cloudy of blurred vision
  • Discolored vision
  • Impaired vision or glare
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent need for new prescriptions