Stats and Facts About Cataracts

Cataracts are a fact of life. Chances are, you’ll be a statistic: part of the more than 20 million Americans age 40 and older affected by cataracts. Knowledge is power. By educating yourself about cataracts, you’ll be able to recognize the signs and work with your eye doctor to make sound, informed decisions.

About Cataracts

STAT: According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older.

STAT: By age 75, about half of all Americans have cataracts.

FACT: There are 4 main types of cataracts.

  • Age-related – Cataracts that develop as you age.
  • Secondary – Cataracts that develop because of another condition, such as glaucoma, diabetes or trauma.
  • Congenital – Cataracts that are present at birth or developed during childhood.
  • Radiation – Cataracts that develop after exposure to radiation.

FACT: Most cataracts develop slowly over many years, which means symptoms can appear gradually and go unnoticed until the effects begin to interfere with your everyday activities. This short video helps explain cataract formation:

About Symptoms

FACT: There are many common symptoms of cataracts, but symptoms may also be related to other conditions. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing.

Common symptoms:

  • Cloudy, blurry vision – especially when driving
  • Poor night vision
  • Faded colors
  • Glare or halo around lights
  • Frequent changes in glasses prescription
  • Double vision

About Surgery

STAT: The National Eye Institute (NEI) reports that in about 90% of cases, people who choose cataract surgery experience improved vision.

STAT: There’s an estimated 40% lower mortality risk for patients who have cataract surgery, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

FACT: Cataract surgery is generally recommended when cataracts make it difficult to perform daily tasks.

FACT: Cataract surgery has been performed on horses, dogs and even fish!

About Prevention

FACT: If you’re over 65, you should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year.

FACT: The Cheyenne Eye Clinic & Surgery Center’s qualified doctors provide high quality eye exams and cataract surgery. Enjoy the convenience of the on-sight state of the art surgical center and the comfort and care from competent, compassionate doctors and staff.

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