A clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.
24 million in 2010
38 million in 2030
50 million in 2050
60% of people with cataracts are over the age of 70.
Having conditions like diabetes increases risk.
Cataracts are linked to smoking and alcohol use.
Prolonged exposure to sunlight increases risk.
Cloudy or blurry vision.
Poor night vision.
Colors seem faded.
Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Problems with glare.
Protect Your Vision.
Get an eye exam at least once every year, if you are age 60 or older.
Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block ultraviolet sunlight.
Eat a healthy diet that includes green leafy veggies, fruits, and fish.
For more information:
The National Eye Institute (NEI) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is the Federal government’s lead agency for vision research that leads to sight-saving treatments and plays a key role in reducing visual impairment and blindness.