As you age, your risk of developing cataracts increases. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. Cataracts are very common in older people. In fact, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery.
If you are age 60 or older, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years. In addition to cataracts, your eye care professional can check for signs of age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision disorders. Early treatment for many eye diseases may save your sight.
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