What Are the Benefits of Getting Cataracts Treated?
Millions of people have cataract surgery every year in order to achieve clearer vision. Cataract surgery in the United States has an exceptional success rate, making it a procedure that is considered safe, and highly effective. While we know this popular procedure allows patients to finally see clearly again, and has enormous benefits, such as better eye health, safer driving, better vision, and more, here are some additional benefits that patients receive laser-assisted cataract surgery can enjoy.
A happier life
Cataracts limit vision, which can lead to isolation, avoidance of public outings, and depression. Symptoms of depression were found to be 33 percent more like for those with cataracts based on a study by the American Academy of Optometry.
Cataract surgery works quickly to reverse these effects, providing not only relief from cataracts, but in many cases, corrected vision that enables better sight than the patient ever had before. It is common to have your glasses prescription reduced, or even be able to do away with glasses completely. Some patients notice their improved vision immediately after the procedure.
This higher-quality, clearer vision allows patients to enjoy a happier, better quality of life. And that includes more activity, as well. Whatever your favorite activities, from reading, enjoying tv or movies, driving, going to shows or sports games, cataract surgery makes it possible to truly experience and enjoy these again.
Renewed freedom and independence
For many people, being able to see well again means they can get around more freely on their own and live independently. From being able to read road signs and drive to studying the label on a medicine bottle, your independence greatly depends on your sense of sight. When it’s intact, you are freer to take care of yourself and do the things you want without needing help or a chaperone. This renewed sense of independence allows patients to live their lives the way they want to.
Better safety and a longer life
Studies show that patients who have had successful cataract surgery have fewer hip fractures. The reason is obvious–it’s so much easier to see! But beyond scrapes and falls, cataract surgery may also prolong your life. A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research attributed the increase in lifespan for people 65 and up from 1992-2008 to a range of factors, one of the more notable factors being improved vision. Patients who can see better may have improved physical and emotional well-being. These factors can contribute to a longer life!