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Birmingham Eye Surgeons Share What You Need to Know About Cataracts

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"Cataracts are a fairly common eye health and vision problem that you hear about continuously from relatives, friends and co-workers," shared Birmingham Cataract Surgeon Jennifer Michelson, M.D. of Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C.

BIRMINGHAM, AL, March 02, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- "As we get older, most of us at some point will be affected by cataracts which cause reduced vision, increased glare around lights at night, and decreased color sensitivity. In this modern age, many patients are not willing to accept the limitations that decreased vision from cataracts can impose on day to day activities and patients' overall lifestyles. However, with modern advances in medicine, we have the ability to restore vision loss from cataracts in a safe, effective and predictable manner through cataract surgery and lens implants for vision correction. This motivates more patients, at early ages, to seek solutions to help maintain active, engaged and productive daily routines," explained Dr. Michelson.

About Cataracts
Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which cause cloudy, blurry or dim vision and often develop with advancing age. As people grow older, the lenses of their eyes thicken and become cloudier. Eventually, they may find it more difficult to read street signs. Colors may seem dull. These symptoms may signal cataracts, which affect about 70 percent of people by age 75 but in many can start around the age of 50. Fortunately, cataracts can be corrected with surgery. Ophthalmologists who are cataract surgeons perform around three million cataract surgeries each year to restore vision to their patients. Here are some additional facts people should know about cataracts.

Age isn't the only risk factor for cataracts. Though most everyone will develop cataracts with age, recent studies show that lifestyle and behavior can influence when and how severely you develop cataracts. Diabetes, extensive exposure to sunlight, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and certain ethnicities have all been linked to increased risk of cataracts. Eye injuries, prior eye surgery and long-term use of steroid medication (for treatment of certain conditions including asthma, allergies, breathing problems, or arthritis) can also result in cataracts. If you have any of these risk factors and are experiencing blurry or cloudy vision, difficulty with night vision especially glare or halos, you should schedule an eye exam with us. Cataracts cannot be prevented, but you can lower your risk. Wearing UV-blocking sunglasses and brimmed hats when outside can help protect your eyes. Several studies suggest that eating more vitamin C rich foods may delay how fast cataracts form. Also, stop smoking cigarettes and avoid secondhand smoke, which have been shown to increase the risk of cataract development.

Surgery may help improve more than just your vision. During the procedure, the natural clouded lens is replaced with an artificial lens called an intraocular lens, or IOL, which is designed to significantly improve your vision. Patients have a variety of lenses to choose from, each with different benefits. Lens implants today can correct a full range of vision and help you see clearly at far, arm's length and near-without being dependent on eyeglasses! While this is great for many patients, studies have shown that cataract surgery can improve patients' quality of life, such as reducing the risk of falling which is potentially serious for seniors. If you think a cataract is possibly interfering with your ability to see well, you should schedule an eye exam with us.

If you or someone you know is experiencing cataract symptoms such as cloudy, foggy vision, glare, or difficulty driving at night and would like to learn more about cataract surgery and lens implants please call Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C. in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C. at, Google+ at or

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C. in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 and staffed by UAB Medicine eye doctors and eye surgeons.

Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C. and Michelson Laser Vision, Inc. are now both conveniently located together at UAB Highlands on the campus of The University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical Center offering patients requiring eye care comprehensive and advanced vision correction services. Our eye physicians and surgeons are available for patients in need of routine eye exams who may need eyeglasses and contacts as well as those desiring consultation for laser vision correction, cataract surgery, and corneal surgery. In addition, our physicians are also available to patients requiring consultation for complex eye disease and vision problems associated with prior cataract or Lasik surgery performed elsewhere. Thousands have trusted Michelson Laser Vision to enhance their vision with LASIK Eye Surgery and thousands more turn to us for the latest treatments for cataracts, corneal diseases, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.

For additional information, contact:
Preston Lawley, Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C., 11201 11th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205, (P) 205-930-0930 or E-Mail:

SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.

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