No Wonder They Can’t See Clearly

Over 24 million Americans have this vision issue, and many don’t know why or what to do

 The National Eye Institute reports that more than 24.4 million Americans age 40 and older experience this eye disease in their older years. It also affects millions around the world, according to the World Health Organization.

“My husband had the surgery … and he literally said, ‘I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner,’” said Cheryl Ladd.

We’re talking about cataracts — and by age 75, roughly half of all Americans will have them.
With cataracts, a clouding develops in the eye lens. Cataract can reduce perception of colors and lead to vision loss or blindness if untreated. Yet few people really know much about their risk for cataracts, or the treatments available.
“I was so uninformed, as so many people are, about what cataracts are and what your treatment options are,” former “Charlie’s Angel” star Cheryl Ladd, 64, told “My husband had the surgery … and he literally said to me, ‘I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.’”
As part of Cataract Awareness Month, Ladd has taken that experience and teamed up with Alcon to promote a Know Your Cataract EYE-Q campaign. Not only has her husband undergone surgery — her brother will soon have the procedure done as well.
Surgery is the go-to treatment and involves removing the opaque lens and implanting an artificial lens. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis with little pain.

The surgery is one of the most successful procedures performed in America, with a 98 percent success rate.

There are disparities associated with the surgery, however. A 2010 study in the American Journal of Medical Quality found that Medicare patients were 5.5 more times likely to have the surgery than those going through Veterans Affairs……..
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Source: HealthZette