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Cataract Awareness Month is celebrated in June. The awareness campaign promotes information about the eye condition that is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. While this is a scary fact, fret not because cataracts are treatable with a simple surgery procedure, which has a 95% success rate. This common eye condition mostly affects people over 40, but newborns can also suffer from cataracts either due to complications during pregnancy or the mother contracting diseases like German measles and chickenpox. The causes for cataracts in people above the age of 40 can range from diabetes, long-term eye diseases, and eye injury/inflammation, to factors like intense heat, hereditary influences, smoking, intake of certain oral steroids, and so forth.

Cataract Awareness Month – June 2023