More Patients Turn to Ambulatory Surgery Centers for Cataract Surgery

ophthalmologist performs cataract surgeryAccording to a new study in JAMA Ophthalmology, more patients are choosing outpatient surgery centers, also known as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), for cataract surgery.

Over 3.5 million Americans have cataract surgery every year, and it is one of the most common and successful surgeries in the United States. Because of the many benefits of cataract surgery, men and women are choosing to have the procedure at a younger age. And increasing numbers of patients are opting to have cataract surgery in outpatient surgery centers.

Those who are developing cataracts may wonder when to schedule cataract surgery. An ophthalmologist can determine the appropriate stage for the procedure. Cataract surgery can significantly improve vision and can restore freedom and independence.  According to Get Eye Smart, 21 percent of patients reported an increase in quality of life after having cataract surgery in one eye, and 36 percent of patients reported higher quality of life after cataract surgery in both eyes.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery:

  • 40 percent lower mortality rate
  • 16 percent decrease in odds of hip fracture
  • 13 percent decrease in odds of automobile accident (AAO).

Schedule Cataract Surgery at an Ambulatory Surgery Center

Consider an ambulatory surgery center for cataract surgery. According to the JAMA Ophthalmology study, the number of cataract surgeries performed in ASCs increased from 43.6 percent in 2001 to 73 percent in 2014.

Ambulatory surgery centers offer state-of-the-art operating rooms, cutting-edge technology and comfortable waiting rooms. They maintain the professionalism and safety of a hospital, with convenient scheduling, personal care and value.

In addition to cataract surgery, our board-certified ophthalmologists offer the best in surgical eye care including retina, eyelid, glaucoma, and laser procedures.

Click here to find an ambulatory eye surgery center nearby. Schedule a cataract surgery consultation to talk about the type of procedure and the intraocular lens (IOL) that is right for you. With cataract surgery at and ASC, you will be on your way to a better quality of life with clearer vision!

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