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Cataract Awareness and Fireworks Eye Safety Awareness Month

What is a cataract?
A cataract is a clouding or opaque area over the lens of the eye – an area that is normally transparent. As this thickening occurs, it prevents light rays from passing through the lens and focusing on the retina – the light sensitive tissue lining located in the back of the eye. This clouding is caused when some of the protein which makes up the lens begins to clump together and interferes with vision. They can affect either one eye (unilateral) or both eyes (bilateral). Cataracts are rare in children.

In its early stages, a cataract may not cause a problem. The cloudiness may affect only a small part of the lens. However, the cataract may grow larger over time and affect more of the lens, making it harder to see. As less light reaches the retina, it becomes increasingly harder to see and vision may become dull and blurry. While cataracts cannot spread from one eye to another, many persons develop cataracts in both eyes. Some cataracts are small and do not cause any visual symptoms. However, other, more progressive, cataracts can cause visual problems in children.

For more information about cataracts:
Cataracts in adults 
Cataracts in children

Fireworks eye safety awareness month - Celebrate with caution! 

It is appropriate that June is designated Fireworks Eye Safety Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The Fourth of July looms on the calendar, meaning spectacular displays of color and noise courtesy of fireworks. Unfortunately, decades of accidents have demonstrated that celebratory fireworks can be dangerous. Among the most serious injuries are abrupt trauma to the eye from bottle rockets, due to the way the rockets fly erratically, often injuring bystanders. Injuries from bottle rockets can include eye lid lacerations, corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, retinal detachment, optic nerve damage, rupture of the eyeball, eye muscle damage and complete blindness. Read more...

For more information, visit: 
Prevent Blindness:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology: 

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