Cataracts cause the lens in your eye to become cloudy so light is unable to pass through. Over time, this leads to vision loss. Some of the most common symptoms of cataracts are blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty driving at night.
If you have been living with cataract for awhile, you know the toll it can take on your daily life. Cataracts can be managed with lifestyle changes but over time, many people realize that cataract surgery is their best option.
One of the biggest benefits of cataract surgery is improved vision but many people don’t realize the other ways the surgery can improve their life. Let’s look at four unexpected ways cataract surgery can improve your daily life:
- It can minimize your risk of injuries
Obviously, taking a fall isn’t good at any age but it becomes increasingly risky as you get older. For a senior citizen, a common household fall could even be deadly.
Research has shown that decreased vision can increase your likelihood of stumbling and falling. And this study looked at cataract patients and saw a link between cataract surgery and a decreased risk of hip fractures.
- Increased independence
For many patients, one of the most difficult aspects of life with cataracts is that it causes them to be less self-sufficient. Their decreased vision means they are unable to do many of the things they used to be able to do, like driving and performing daily household tasks. Cataract surgery can help you regain that independence.
- Can improve the longevity of your life
Can cataracts help you live longer? According to the research, maybe. This long-term study showed that patients who had cataract surgery had a 40 percent lower mortality rate than patients who didn’t have the surgery.
- Give you a greater quality of life
Living a long life is nice but what most people really want is a better quality of life. Cataract surgery can improve your daily life by allowing you to do the things you love doing. It can allow you to regain your self-confidence and give you a greater level of enjoyment for your hobbies and other activities.
To learn more about cataract surgery and the many ways it can improve your life, contact our office today.