Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. It is also one of the most successful procedures. Even though cataracts are among the leading causes of blindness, your vision can be restored with a simple, outpatient procedure.
Common symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, double vision, difficulty driving at night, and the appearance of halos and glares. Cataract surgery involves the removal of your deteriorated lens and the implantation of an artificial lens called an intraocular lens that can give you clear vision. More than just improved eyesight, cataract surgery offers other distinct benefits:
- Cataract surgery improves your quality of life. Because cataracts develop slowly, it may take a while to notice that it is getting more difficult to read or drive at night. You may just gradually stop doing the activities you enjoy without knowing why. Having cataracts may even contribute to depression or anxiety. When you have your cataracts removed, you can expect to do many of your favorite activities again. A 2013 study found that quality of life increased by 36 percent after cataract surgery.
- Cataract surgery can decrease the risk of falls and fractures. Loss of vision is one of the most common reasons for falling. A fall can be dangerous and even fatal for an older person. A study in 2012 examined Medicare patients over the age of 65 who were diagnosed with cataracts. Patients who had cataract surgery had a 16 percent decrease in the risk of hip fracture during the next year. If the patients had severe cataracts, the risk of hip fracture decreased by 23 percent.
- Cataract surgery may help you live longer. A long-term study in 2013 connected cataract surgery with longer survival for older individuals. Those who had cataract surgery had a 40 percent reduction in mortality risk compared to those who did not have cataract surgery (Source: MSN).
Talk to your ophthalmologist about the many benefits of cataract surgery. One short procedure could improve your vision, restore your independence and even prolong your life. Don’t delay in making an appointment to discuss whether cataract surgery is right for you. Some types of intraocular lenses are even covered by insurance, so make the call today.