The Most Important Benefit of Having Cataract Surgery

An October article on the Forbes website discussed one of the most important benefits of having cataract surgery.

  • In driving simulator tests, cataract surgery has been shown to reduce near-miss automobile accidents by 48%, improving driver and road safety for all.
  • Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss for those over 50 years of age. By the age of 80, almost 50% of the population will develop cataracts. Cataract surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. It is a low risk, quick and efficient procedure.
  • While measuring visual acuity through a traditional eye chart is an important way to evaluate visual improvement, it does not provide a complete assessment. Contrast sensitivity and improved night vision are additional advantages occurring after cataract surgery. Simulated driving tests can demonstrate the impacts of these latter benefits.
  • Other known advantages to cataract surgery include a reduction in the risk of falls, an improvement in the ability to perform daily tasks, as well as an elevation in mental status and physical well-being. 

To read the full article, visit “This May Be One Of The Most Important benefits Of Having Cataract Surgery.

 

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Cataracts can lead to issues with driving but in some areas of the world. They can lead to issues of survival in others, especially within the developing world where untreated cataracts causes 51% of all blindness. With 12.60 million people blind and 52.60 million visually impaired across the world due to untreated cataracts, this is not a minor health issue.  To learn more about this problem in India, read “Cataract Blindness in India – A Public Health Crisis.