If you have noticed the effects of cataracts (e.g., cloudy vision, glare, dull or faded colors) but are avoiding exploring your treatment options, the team at Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut urges you to reconsider. We want to share something that may motivate you to book a consultation with our cataract surgeons: New research suggests that in addition to improving your vision, cataract surgery may also extend your life. Read on as our team of Connecticut cataract surgeons breaks down this research and how it could affect you.
UCLA Doctors Find 60 Percent Lower Risk of Death Among Cataract Patients
A team of doctors from the Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducted a 20-year study of over 74,000 women with cataracts. The doctors found a 60 percent lower risk of death among the women that had their cataracts removed.
This statistic is surprising, especially when the doctors considered that the 41,735 women that had cataract surgery were sicker to begin with, demonstrating more cases of heart attacks, pulmonary disease, glaucoma and peptic ulcers than the women that did not have their cataracts removed.
The UCLA study showed that the cataract patients were less likely to die from the following causes: cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological and infectious diseases, accidents and cancer.
Why Are Cataract Surgery Patients Living Longer?
Although the study did not confirm exactly how cataract surgery extends a person’s life, the research team believes that when people can see better, they are more likely to do things to improve their health. For example, clear vision makes it easier to:
- Exercise regularly and live an active lifestyle
- Take the right medication and the right dosage as prescribed by a doctor
- Attend doctors’ appointments
- Avoid serious falls
- Avoid motor vehicle accidents
- Enjoy a better quality of life
Cataract surgery is one of the most successful procedures our team performs. It is a short procedure and you can recover comfortably at home, resuming work and most of your regular activities quickly. Our cataract surgeons offer a variety of artificial lenses to replace your clouded lens; we will help you select the lens suited to your particular visual needs, goals and lifestyle.
To learn more about cataracts, please contact Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut and schedule a consultation with our team. Call 203-366-8000 or email us today to book an appointment.