Cataract surgery:

replacing your cloudy lens

Cathy Cataracts

DID YOU KNOW?

Cataracts are normal and extremely common. There are nearly

4,000,000

cataract surgeries performed in the US each year.
It’s one of the most common surgeries.

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A common condition, commonly misunderstood:

They CAN’T be prevented,
but they CAN be treated with surgery.

You’ll be glad you did it!

According to an AARP telephone survey of 250 people who had cataract surgery

people say cataract surgery was easier than expected

of people said they’d recommend cataract surgery to a friend or family member

of people say their cataract surgery addressed all or most of their vision problems

people were less dependent on glasses

Know your Cataracts Eye

Ready to find out your cataract
EYE-Q?

Take this quiz and find out just how much you know about cataracts.

Question 1
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1. Cataracts can be prevented if you’re careful.
 
 
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2. It’s possible to have cataracts and not realize it.
 
 
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2. It’s possible to have cataracts and not realize it.

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Cataracts develop gradually, so you may not notice any changes in your vision until the cataract is severe enough to distort light as it enters your eye, causing symptoms that include cloudy vision, difficulty seeing at night, and halos around lights.

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Question 3
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3. If light seems brighter yet colors seem faded, you might have cataracts.
 
 
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3. If light seems brighter yet colors seem faded, you might have cataracts.

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Those are both signs that you might have cataracts. Common symptoms include:

  • Cloudy vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Halos around lights
  • Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact prescription
  • Fading of colors
  • Double vision
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Question 4
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4. Living with cataracts is no big deal.
 
 
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4. Living with cataracts is no big deal.

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Unfortunately, cataracts can interfere with any activity that requires clear vision. This includes reading, knitting, playing cards, applying makeup, watching TV, driving, and even being able to see faces clearly. Many people with advanced cataracts have to make changes to their normal daily activities, such as driving less and making frequent changes to their glasses or contact prescriptions.

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5. Cataract surgery is uncommon.
 
 
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5. Cataract surgery is uncommon.

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Cataracts affect more than 20.5 million Americans over 40, and surgery is the only way to fix the problem. That’s why almost 4 million cataract surgeries take place in the US each year, which makes it one of the most commonly performed procedures in the country.

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6. Cataract surgery is highly effective.
 
 
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6. Cataract surgery is highly effective.

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According to an AARP telephone survey of 250 people who had cataract surgery, 85% said surgery addressed all or most of the problems they experienced beforehand.
Best of all, 95% of cataract surgery patients in the US experience improvement in their vision. That explains why 88% of those surveyed said they’d definitely recommend cataract surgery to their friends and family.

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7. Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures.
 
 
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7. Cataract surgery is one of the safest surgical procedures.

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The Johns Hopkins Medicine website reports that cataract surgery is among the safest surgeries preformed today.

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8. Cataract surgery is a time-consuming and difficult procedure.
 
 
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8. Cataract surgery is a time-consuming and difficult procedure.

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For most people, cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. After surgery, you'll probably spend one or two hours in the post-op room with a protective eye covering. You should arrange for someone to drive you home and pick up any prescriptions, as you may not be able to drive right away.

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Question 9
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9. During cataract surgery, your surgeon can also correct other eye conditions, like astigmatism.
 
 
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9. During cataract surgery, your surgeon can also correct other eye conditions, like astigmatism.

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During cataract surgery, the natural lens in your eye is replaced with an artificial lens or intraocular lens (IOL). For some people, an advanced-technology lens could also correct their astigmatism and reduce their dependence on glasses for distance vision.

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10. If changes in your vision get in the way of your day-to-day activities and hobbies, cataract surgery may help you resume your daily routine and get back to your hobbies.
 
 
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10. If changes in your vision get in the way of your day-to-day activities and hobbies, cataract surgery may help you resume your daily routine and get back to your hobbies.

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According to an AARP telephone survey of 250 people who had cataract surgery, 2 out of 3 said they were less dependent on glasses for distance vision after surgery. Additionally, two-thirds said they could read better (with or without glasses) after surgery, and 82% said cataract surgery made it easier to drive.

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Thanks for taking this quiz! As you know, it's never too early to get the facts about cataracts. Even if your eye doctor says you're currently cataract-free, the more you know about cataracts, the better prepared you'll be to achieve better vision in the future.
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