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What You Should Know About Cataracts

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How do you know if you have cataracts? These symptoms should be a big clue. And then learn what to do next.

How do you know if you have cataracts? These symptoms should be a big clue. And then learn what to do next.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens, which makes it hard to see. It’s associated with aging, but younger people can get it too. Half of all Americans develop cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.

What are some symptoms of a cataract?

  • Blurry, cloudy, or dim vision — a little like looking through a dirty windshield
  • Double visionwith one eye
  • Trouble seeing at night or in dim light
  • Halosaround lights
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Faded or yellow colors, or trouble telling the difference between blues and greens
  • Trouble seeing an object against a background of the same color

 

What are risk factors for developing a cataract?

 

What eye problems might make you consider surgery?

  • Dim, blurred, yellow or double vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Failure to pass the vision part of a driver’s license test
  • Increased sensitivity to glare from the sun

 

If a cataract begins to interfere with your day-to-day life, an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery can remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant.

Sources: WebMD; National Eye Institute

Read about cataract surgery.

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Stroke Warning Signs Quiz

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 Do you know the warning signs of stroke? Find out now.

Do you know the warning signs of stroke? Find out now.

If you think you or a loved one is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. Quick treatment in 3-41/2 hours can improve chances of recovery. Take the following stroke quiz to test your knowledge. The more you know, the faster you can act to get needed help. Take this quiz now.

 

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Long-Term Aspirin Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Dying From Cancer, Study Shows

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Evidence suggests that aspirin not only reduces the risk of developing cancer, but may also play a strong role in reducing death from cancer, according to lead author of study.

Evidence suggests that aspirin not only reduces the risk of developing cancer, but may also play a strong role in reducing death from cancer, according to lead author of study.

The Washington Post: Long-Term Aspirin Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Dying From Cancer, Study Shows
Long-term use of aspirin is associated with lower risk of dying from various types of cancers, including colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting on Monday. The longitudinal study analyzed the association of aspirin, with varied doses and duration of use, on overall mortality risks and mortality risks from cancer over a nearly 32-year period. (Naqvi, 4/5)

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