August is Cataract Awareness Month

AUGUST IS CATARACT AWARENESS MONTH

Cataracts are a gradual process of the clouding of the eye’s natural lens. In some cases, they can develop rapidly. Cataracts are very common, affecting roughly 60% of people over the age of 55, and over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States each year.

If left untreated, cataracts will cause blindness; In fact, the leading cause of blindness worldwide is due to untreated cataracts. Cataract blindness can set in slowly, which is why it is important to schedule regular eye examinations to ensure that your eyes are healthy. Cataract blindness has been linked with diseases such as diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 11% of Americans aged 20 years and older with diabetes have some form of visual impairment. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to the sun or radiation, smoking, or trauma to the eye from an accident or impact have been associated with causing Cataracts. Fortunately, cataracts can be removed, preventing the threat of blindness, especially if it is caught early. Cataract surgery is one of the most common, safest, and effective surgeries performed.

Experts have estimated that in the United States, visual disability associated with cataracts accounts for over 8 million physician office visits a year. This number will likely continue to increase as the number of people over the age of 60 rises. When people develop cataracts, they begin to have difficulty participating in activities they enjoy. Some of the most common complaints or symptoms include difficulty driving at night, reading, colors fading or blurriness.

In the past ten years, advancements in technology provide today’s cataract patients with lens implant options that can actually enhance their vision post operatively. Previously, standard monofocal lenses only correct vision at one distance and glasses are still a necessity. Modern multifocal IOLs (Intraocular Lenses) provide corrected vision for multiple ranges such as distance and intermediate as well as up close. For example, the latest advancement in technology is the TECNIS Multifocal IOL. The TECNIS Multifocal lens distinguishes itself from all other intraocular lenses because it is the ONLY implant that provides excellent near visual function (like reading) in BOTH  bright and dim light.  Frank A. Bucci, Jr., MD. founded Bucci Laser Vision in 1998. and was the first surgeon in Northeast Pennsylvania to routinely implant multifocal lenses in both pre cataract as well as cataract patients enabling them to potentially eliminate their need for bifocals and reading glasses.

Nominated by his colleagues as one of the top 50 ophthalmologists in the USA, as well as, named the # 1 Multifocal Surgeon in PA and Top 10 in the U.S.A.

So if you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with their vision, schedule an annual eye exam with your Optometrist . Should the diagnosis be a cataract, call 1-877-DR-BUCCI(372-8224) to schedule your consultation and receive your FREE informative Cataract Booklet.

                   Bucci Laser Vision ” Your second chance to see life for the first time “

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