We asked. You answered. During Cataract Awareness Month, we asked you to help us understand cataract perception and awareness better by filling out our National Vision Survey, and we were thrilled by the amount of responses. Here is just a snapshot of what we gathered from the National Vision Survey.
According to our survey, of the five senses, you told us that sight is the most important. About two-thirds of our survey participants have been diagnosed with cataracts or have had them removed. A number of people responded they had changing vision and/or frequent new prescriptions, which may be an early indicator of cataracts. If you have experienced this, please consult your doctor or find one here.
Most of our respondents were over 65 and by age 75, about 70 percent of people will have cataracts. Many of our participants who have not had cataract surgery yet, or have not been diagnosed with cataracts, have not been to the eye doctor in a while. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, by age 65, one in three Americans will have a vision-impairing eye disease. The earlier these are discovered and treatment begins, the better the chance of preserving good vision.
Thank you to all who participated in our National Vision Survey. Through future surveys and feedback, we hope to continue to grow that knowledge and be your No. 1 resource for all eye-related news and information.
Check out the rest of the National Vision Survey results here.