Los Angeles Ophthalmologist Dr. Babak Shabatian Provides Tips and Advice for Cataract Prevention and Detection

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Cataract rates have climbed 19 percent since 2000, according to a recent report from Prevent Blindness America®. As the leading cause of blindness in the world, Los Angeles Eye Surgeon Dr. Babak Shabatian of CaliEye emphasizes the importance of knowing the risk factors for cataracts so they can be treated or prevented.

If your vision changes as you age, it might be due to cataracts, which is a normal part of the aging process.

As the baby boomer generation ages, the incidence of cataracts has escalated significantly, and currently, more than 25 million U.S. adults over age 40 have cataracts. Cataracts interfere with everyday life as vision gradually deteriorates, eventually leading to blindness if left untreated. Although there are various types of cataracts, fortunately, once they are detected, surgery can safely and effectively restore vision, said Los Angeles Cataract Surgeon Dr. Babak Shabatian.

Cataracts occur when the naturally clear lens of the eye becomes clouded. While they can occur at any time, they usually appear with advancing age. The exact cause of cataracts is unknown, but certain lifestyle factors are known to increase the likelihood of developing cataracts, such as smoking, poor diet and alcohol consumption. Symptoms of cataracts include difficulty reading, glare from light and blurry vision. Once detected, cataract surgery is the best way to address the problem, said Dr. Shabatian. By removing the natural lens and implanting an artificial intraocular lens (IOL), vision is restored.

“Cataract removal is one of the most common procedures performed in the world, and has a very high success rate,” said Dr. Shabatian. “If your vision changes as you age, it might be due to cataracts, which is a normal part of the aging process. Talk to your eye doctor if you have concerns about cataracts and how to restore your vision.”

To properly understand the prevention, risks, and symptoms of cataracts, Dr. Shabatian provides the following tips to seniors and caregivers:

1) Know the risk factors - Those over age 40 are at risk for developing cataracts, and by age 80, half of adults will have developed cataracts. Certain diseases, such as diabetes, increase the risk of developing cataracts, and diabetics should control their blood sugar carefully. Lifestyle choices including smoking and alcohol use can contribute to cataracts, as well as prolonged exposure to sunlight. Eye injuries, steroid use, and family history can also increase the risk for cataract development.

2) Preserve eyesight - Make sure to wear UVA/UVB sunglasses to block ultraviolet sunlight, which might be able to delay the onset of cataracts. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the likelihood of cataracts or other vision disorders.

3) Get screened at age 40 - An eye disease screening by age 40 can detect age-related eye problems early and set a baseline. The eye doctor will check for abnormalities of the visual system, which can also detect other systemic diseases affecting the eyes. Remember that this does not replace regular eye visits.

4) Have regular eye exams after age 65 - Cataracts can be detected early, as well as any other vision problems, with regular eye exams. Senior citizens may qualify for one year of care through EyeCare America, a public service program provided by the Foundation of American Academy of Ophthalmology.

5) Talk to an eye doctor about treatment - “Visual impairment can affect daily life, and your ophthalmologist can determine what type of treatment is needed for you and provide you with information about expected risks and benefits,” said Dr. Shabatian.

About Dr. Babak Shabatian
Dr. Babak Shabatian is a Board-Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon who practices comprehensive ophthalmology with a focus on advanced cataract surgery and LASIK. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and was Chief Resident at the prestigious North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital. He completed fellowship training in retina and vitreous diseases at SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He is frequently invited to lecture on topics of refractive and advanced cataract surgery. He has performed thousands of procedures with excellent and predictable results, and has a sense of compassion and positive energy with his patients. Dr. Shabatian states that eye surgery gives him the opportunity to transform lives in minutes, and he is committed to ensuring that his patients have a great experience at every level of their care.

About CaliEye
CaliEye has a team of committed, experienced professionals who offer only the greatest quality of care and safety to every one of our patients. Dr. Shabatian has performed thousands of procedures in Southern California using only the most state of the art equipment. CaliEye will address all of your questions and concerns with the highest level of respect and understanding. To learn more, call (310) 909-8880 or visit http://www.calieye.com.

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