Doctors Celebrate August As Cataract Awareness Month To Make People Aware Of The Disease

August is the very important and desirable month for the Americans and especially for the cataract patients. Because the month is going to be celebrated as the Cataract Awareness Month. American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the cataract patients to go to eye specialists.

Cataract is one of the major reasons of vision loss among the Americans. Cataracts gradually cloud the normally clear lenses of the eye, causing vision to become blurry or dull. The condition is a leading cause of decreased vision, but fortunately treatable.

A large population come under the grip of the disease. Unfortunately the two time Oscar winning actress Olivia de Havilland is also a cataract patient. In her case, outpatient surgery to remove her cataracts and insert intraocular lenses have restored her vision. Because she had cataracts in both eyes, her ophthalmologist, James Salz, MD, performed surgery on one eye and then waited until the first eye had healed before performing the second surgery. The results were dramatic. Ms. de Havilland's vision is now 20/40.

As the Cataract Awareness Month, is approaching doctors have started various campaigns across the country. One of the campaigns is EyeCare America's Seniors EyeCare Program. Organized by the EyeCare America, the campaign covers the people around 65 year of age and above. This national, year-round program offers eye exams and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost to qualified patients who are without an ophthalmologist. The EyeCare America help line operates 24 hours a day, every day, year-round. To supplement its award-winning referral program, EyeCare America has recently created a new website, www.eyecareamerica.org, designed to assist online users in learning more about eye problems such as cataracts.

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