A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. This lens is responsible for focusing the light entering the eye onto the retina. Symptoms of a cataract may include:
- blurry vision
- double vision
- light sensitivity
- difficulty seeing at night
- seeing bright colors as faded or yellowish
Cataract Surgery – Does it Increase Life Expectancy?
This procedure, which takes only a few minutes, can markedly improve one’s vision and quality of life.
But what about the length of one’s life?
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Ophthalmology studied over 70,000 women over time and found that cataract surgery was associated with decreased risk of mortality from all causes aggregately.
They also discovered a decreased risk of mortality, specifically, with respect to:
- vascular causes
- cancer-related illness
- accidental causes
- neurological causes
- pulmonary causes
- infectious causes
Previous studies showed similar results for men.
The researchers posit that after cataract surgery, patients can move around better and get more exercise. They can also take their medication more effectively and they’re less likely to fall or have automobile accidents.
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