If you have been researching cataract surgery, then you are likely aware of how the procedure can help restore clear vision and make everyday activities like reading and driving easier. But did you know that cataract surgery may also help you live longer? This is according to a study conducted by the National Bureau of Economical Research.
Dr. Kerry Solomon, a top Charleston ophthalmologist surgeon, explains the findings of the study in this blog post.
What the Study Found
Researchers looked at the life expectancy of women aged 65 and older between the years 1992 and 2008. They found that during this time, life expectancy increased by 1.8 years. Researchers credited the increase to several factors, including improved vision after cataract surgery.
The connection between cataract surgery and a higher life expectancy may not be obvious at first. After all, cataracts, characterized by the clouding of the eye’s natural lens, are not life threatening. Cataracts can, however, severely diminish one’s quality of life. As the condition worsens, vision becomes more limited and completing everyday tasks becomes difficult. In addition, driving with cataracts becomes increasingly dangerous and can increase the risk of vehicle accidents.
The study’s findings affirm what previous research has found. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, cataract surgery is also associated with a 16 percent decrease in hip fractures.
Learn More about Cataract Surgery with Dr. Solomon
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., and one of the most successful. Nevertheless, it is important to work with a board certified and experienced cataract surgeon in order to ensure the best results. With years of experience, Dr. Kerry Solomon is the cataract surgeon patients in Charleston, and across the nation, trust. As the former president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Dr. Solomon has earned the respect of both his patients and peers. He utilizes only the most advanced technology to provide his patients with top quality cataract treatment and care.
To learn more about cataract surgery, including whether you are a candidate for the procedure, please contact the office of Dr. Kerry Solomon. Schedule your appointment by calling (843) 881-3937.