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5 Unexpected Benefits of Cataract Surgery

by Damion Wasylow 30 July 2018 08:53 AM

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Three million Americans have cataract surgery each year, with an overall success rate of 98 percent or higher, and the positive impacts on patient vision are obvious. Many patients who choose laser-assisted cataract surgery report improved vision before even leaving the recovery room. What you may not realize, however, is just how much cataract surgery can benefit you in all areas of life. 

1. Improved Mood

Life with cataracts can be very lonely. Cataract sufferers may be embarrassed by their limited vision, leading them to isolate themselves from family and friends, and even avoid going out in public. A study by the American Academy of Optometry found depression symptoms were 33 percent more likely in people with cataracts. Cataract surgery empowers these people to confidently re-enter the world, and take back their lives and joy.

2. Renewed Enjoyment

Cataract surgery allows patients to return to the activities they love most, whether it’s reading, watching TV, driving a car, or enjoying sporting events. Being able to engage in these activities directly contributes to improved quality of life. A 2012 study of cataract surgery patients concluded that cataract surgery, “greatly improved quality of life and was highly cost effective.” In fact, that study identified a 36.2% improvement in quality of life resulting from cataract surgery. 

3. Increased Independence

Loss of visual acuity due to cataracts robs many otherwise capable people of the ability to live independently. It’s difficult to live on your own when you can’t read medicine bottles, drive for errands or safely navigate your home. Cataract surgery can remove these obstacles from patients’ lives and allow them to once again enjoy true independence.

4. Fewer Injuries

Cataracts surgery helps to reduce the risk of accidents, falls and injuries. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported fewer hip fractures in people who had successful cataract surgery than in their peers. That study went on to conclude, “people who receive cataract surgery are less likely to experience adverse disability trends than people who do not receive cataract surgery.” 

5. Longer Life

This may seem surprising, but the data backs it up. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found the life expectancy of people 65-years-old and older increased by nearly two years from 1992 and 2008. That study attributed the increase to a variety of factors, most notably better cardiac care and improved vision related to cataract surgery. A similar study published in the journal Ophthalmology in 2013 found improved vision led to better physical and emotional well-being, contributing to the longer life span.

If you or someone you love needs cataract surgery, contact North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care today at 352-373-4300.



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