We May All Be Affected By Cataracts Some Day

Cataract Statistics

Cataracts, the clouding of the natural eye lens, affects about 20 million Americans over age 40. In fact, it's estimated by the time they reach age 80, more than half of Americans will have a cataract or will have had cataract surgery.1 In other words, if you live long enough, you’re likely to be affected by cataracts.

The only treatment for cataracts is surgery to remove the clouded natural lens and implant a synthetic “intraocular” lens. This outpatient surgery takes about 10 minutes, and patients can go home as soon as it’s over. Cataract surgery is a safe, straightforward procedure performed thousands of times every day around the world.

Cataract Testimonial

Besides helping correct millions of patients’ cataracts, Alcon’s advanced technology intraocular lenses also help correct other vision problems, and for many patients, can even eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Alcon is committed to innovation and is advancing cataract surgery with the introduction of refractive laser technology enabling surgeons to further optimize the cataract procedure by removing some of the manual steps. This advancement in technology minimizes the chance of manual errors, improving vision outcomes for patients and makes the patient’s recovery much easier and faster.

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  1. The National Eye Institute. Facts About Cataract. http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp. [Accessed March 26, 2013].
  2. The Givan Herbert Eye Institute. Universtity of California, Irvine. Cataract Surgery .http://www.eye.uci.edu/cataract.html. [Accessed March 29, 2013].
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Cataract fact

Facts About the Eye

20 million Americans 40 years and older currently have a cataract in one or both eyes.

Prevent Blindness America (2013). Vision Problems in the U.S.  

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