Cataract Awareness Month

With June now upon us, it is time not only for BBQ’s and beach vacations, but also an important observance: Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are a very well known, but also very misunderstood condition, impacting millions worldwide and serving as the leading cause of vision loss globally. Given the U.S. is currently in a “silver tsunami,” with more than 4.1 million Americans turning 65 in 2024 and over 125,000 being 65+ in the Jacksonville area alone, the importance of understanding the risk factors and treatment options for cataracts cannot be overstated.  

 Long (inaccurately) thought to be a scary and invasive procedure, with intense recovery times, I’d love to offer you a chance to speak to Dr. Jeffrey Levenson, a local Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology to debunk these misconceptions and also discuss: 

 Common Myths About Cataracts: You’re Not Too Young to Start Taking Care of Your Eyes 

  • The Advancement of Cataract Surgery: The Technology That Allows Procedures to Be Completed in as Little as 10-minutes, with almost no downtime 
  • His Work in the Community: Dr. Levenson Can Discuss His Charitable Work and How Making Vision Possible for Everyone Can Be Achieved 
    • Dr. Levenson President of Vision is Priceless and has coordinated the Gift of Sight program in Jacksonville for over twenty years, providing free cataract surgery to blind and medically indigent First Coast patients. 
  • Prevalence: Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness in the world. By age 65, it’s estimated that over 90% of individuals develop cataracts, marking it as an almost universal concern among older adults. 
  • Surgery Options: Cataract surgery reigns as the number one surgery performed globally, with a staggering 28 million procedures conducted annually. With advancements in technology,  
  • Aging Population: With the global population aged 60 and above set to nearly double by 2050, the incidence of cataracts is poised to soar. This demographic shift emphasizes the urgency of spreading awareness and ensuring timely access to treatment options.

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