Free vision, cataract screenings Aug. 25

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August is national Cataract Awareness Month, and to help spread the word about cataracts and their treatment, Miller Eye Center will conduct free vision and cataract screenings at CherryVale Mall from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25.

A cataract is a “clouding” of the eye’s natural lens, which results in blurred or defocused vision, and left untreated can lead to permanent blindness.

According to a recent article published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, more than 20 million adults in the U.S. have developed cataracts, making it the No. 1 cause for poor vision in the United States.

While not all cataracts require surgery, nearly 3 million cataract procedures are performed annually in the U.S. Cataracts cannot be prevented, and for those age 60, more than 50 percent have a mild cataract. This percentage increases with age.

Current research suggests smoking and diabetes will hasten the formation of a cataract. According to the National Eye Institute, the number of Americans with cataracts is expected to rise to more than 30 million people by 2020.

Once a cataract is present, there exists no treatment that can retard its growth. Because modern surgery is safe and effective, the cataract is removed when it interferes with the patient’s ability to perform his or her daily activities, such as night driving, reading, work-required activities or one’s hobbies.

Several revolutionary breakthroughs have been made in lens replacement technology and are utilized by Dr. Richard Miller at Miller Eye Center that offer patients the potential to not only just remove their cataract, but to be free of glasses altogether!

For more information regarding cataracts and their treatment, contact Miller Eye Center at (815) 226-1500.

from the Aug. 22-28, 2007, issue

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