What You Need To Know About Cataracts – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Has your eyesight begun to change? Have you been seeing halos around lights, experiencing trouble reading in low light, noticing blurry vision and/or seeing faded colors? These are some symptoms of a cataract.

If you think you may be experiencing a cataract, you should make a trip to your eye doctor. You can expect a visual acuity test, which measures your vision ability at different distances, and a pupil dilation test, where drops are used to widen your pupil so that the doctor can examine the retina up close.

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Sunny Days Outside? Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes.

“Head, shoulders, knees and toes…And eyes and ears and mouth and nose.” As the children’s song goes, taking good care of your eyes is much more important than you think. Repeated sun exposure without eye protection puts you at higher risk for vision complications. According to a study funded by the U.S. National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, UV radiation can damage proteins in the eye’s lens. Over time, this damage can raise a person’s risk for cataracts, eye cancer and other eye diseases.

Wearing your sunglasses on a bright day is just as important as wearing sunscreen.

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HVA Member Benefits

24-Hour Nurse Helpline

The 24-Hour Nurse Helpline is designed to help members become more informed about their healthcare. The Nurse Helpline is a 24/7 confidential telephone service that allows members to ask questions and receive information about their health, illnesses and medications.

There is no cost to use the Helpline. 

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Healthy Vision Association (HVA) awards scholarships of $2,500 each to students who are attending one of the 21 optometry schools in the United States and who meet the criteria listed below. Up to 20 scholarships will be awarded each year. They are based on grade point average, extracurricular activities, and a required essay. If you are eligible, make sure you submit an application. Click here to learn more!

Congratulations to our 2021 Scholarship recipients!

Kathleen Thomas
Pacific University

Rajiv Malhotra
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Yadam Jobe
Kentucky College of Optometry

Samantha Sue Butcher
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Mary Joyce Avisado
Pacific University

Chad Andrew Herschberger
Indiana University School of Optometry

Samantha Jang
Midwestern University - Glendale (Azcopt)

Madona Nasim
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Alice Kim
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry

Jabrea Strickland
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Christopher Obi
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B Ketchum University

Aruj Abeer Ali
Western University of Health Sciences

Ashley Darton
New England School of Optometry

Catherine Ong
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Sidney Magdaong
Indiana University School of Optometry

Joseph Stallone
Suny College of Optometry

Katerina Sophie Mary Shapka
Pacific University, Forest Grove Oregon

Sharon (Xuemeng) Qiu
New England School of Optometry

Sonya Apinyavat
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Kira Majmundar
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Shalin Gandhi
Southern College of Optometry

Jeremy C Caylor
Indiana University School of Optometry

Abby Mcroberts
Ohio State University College of Optometry

Karena Kaing
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B Ketchum University

Janvi Patel
Ohio State University College of Optometry

Halle Catherie Hudson Neyes
University of Missouri - St Louis

Florence Mae D Padua
Nova Southeastern University

Kayle Edwards
University of California - Berkeley School of Optometry

Christian Detlef Raharja
Nova Southeastern University

Amna Shaikh
Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

HVA Sponsorships

The Healthy Vision Association is committed to helping qualified not-for-profit organizations whose mission is related to helping people see well and stay healthy.
Here are two examples: