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Ophthalmology and Vision News
P R E S S R E L E A S E :
Hudson Valley, NY Doctors Offer Free Cataract Screening
during National Cataract Awareness Month
Tue, 03 Aug 2010, 13:52:08 EDT
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y., Aug. 3 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In recognition of
Cataract Awareness Month, Highland Ophthalmology Associates
(www.highlandophthalmology.com), in New Windsor, NY, will be offering free Cataract
Screenings during the month of August, 2010. Highland Ophthalmology Associates
highly encourages anyone at risk to participate in their Cataract Awareness Program.
"Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in Americans 65 and older," said Mary
Davidian, M.D. fellowship trained cornea specialist at Highland Ophthalmology. "This
month, learn how to recognize the symptoms, find treatment, and educate others on this
common - but treatable - eye condition."
What is a Cataract? A cataract is the clouding of the natural lens of the eye, the same
part of the eye responsible for focusing light and enabling you to see sharp and clear images. Aside from the normal aging
process, additional causes for developing cataracts include eye injury, previous eye surgery, the use of certain systemic
medications, long-term unprotected sun exposure, and a family history of cataracts.
Symptoms - The most common symptoms of cataracts are:
- clouded or blurry vision
- sensitivity to light, both night-time glare and daylight
- fading colors
- difficulty reading
- double vision (often goes away as cataracts worsen)
- frequent changes in prescription of eyeglasses and contact lenses.
According to Dr. Thien (Tim) Huynh, fellowship trained glaucoma specialist at Highland Ophthalmology, "It is important to note
that small cataracts may not cause any noticeable changes in your vision, but as the condition tends to develop slowly, it will
eventually get worse." If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor, as these may b