Many older people have cataract issues. As an elderly caregiver, it is vital that I realize what this medical issue is and how best to help my clients deal with it.
I have done some research and come upon an article posted by Gretchyn Bailey on the www.allaboutvision.com site. A doctor, Vance Thompson, MD, has reviewed and approved this article, so it is not just any site that I have happened upon.
I learned that cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. This lens lies behind the iris (the colored portion of the eye) and the pupil (the black center of the eye where light enters).
When the eye clouds over, vision is lost. This can happen to anyone over the age of 40.
What I did not realize is that cataracts are a principal cause of blindness in the world. Cataracts are more frequent than other eye issues like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy combined, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA).
The PBA has stipulated that more than 22 million Americans, aged 40 or older, are affected today by cataracts today. Further, since we have the baby boomers to look forward to, the American public could have more than 30 million people diagnosed with cataracts by the year 2020.
That is a whole lot of people that I have the possibility to deal with. Let’s face it, I could even be one of those people. Thus, I will do further analysis and study up on cataracts so that I can show each of my clients, to the best of my ability, that With Age Comes Respect.