Do you know your chances of developing cataracts – a natural clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision – as you age? Or that once cataracts develop, they can impair your vision and affect your daily life?
If you’re not clear on how cataracts could affect you, or the treatment options available, you’re not alone. In a survey conducted by Alcon of more than 1,000 adults aged 60 and over who have been diagnosed with cataracts, only 25 percent of respondents said they have a full understanding of the condition.1
Cataracts are common: Millions of people over the age of 60 have cataracts. By age 80, half of all Americans either have cataracts or have had them removed.2 Even with the high prevalence of cataracts, the recent Alcon survey showed only 25 percent of respondents have a full understanding of the condition.1
Cataracts are not preventable, but can be treated with surgery: While nearly half (49 percent) of respondents in the Alcon survey weren’t sure if cataracts could be prevented or not1, cataracts are not preventable.
Other vision conditions may be treated during cataract surgery: While three in four (75 percent) respondents did not realize it1, cataract surgery can also correct other vision conditions, like astigmatism, a common, treatable imperfection in the curvature of the eye causing blurred vision.3 During cataract surgery, the natural lens in your eye is replaced with an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). Some patients may benefit from advanced IOLs that can address other vision conditions, like astigmatism, and potentially reduce dependency on glasses.
Cataracts develop slowly over time: You may not realize you have the condition until it starts to impact your vision. Symptoms include difficulty seeing well at night and especially when trying to drive at night, cloudy vision, halos around lights, double vision in one eye, light sensitivity and colors appearing faded. Regular eye exams can help with early detection.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest procedures performed: Though 38 percent of the people surveyed by Alcon said they were more afraid of undergoing eye surgery than any other kind of surgical procedure1, cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed and safest procedures performed each year, generally with little recovery time or inconvenience to patients' daily activities.4