Cataract Surgery Saves Lives

 

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​A recent study showed that cataract surgery can reduce mortality rates! The reasons are multifactorial: some studies have shown a decrease risk for falling and breaking bones, others have shown a measurable improvement in standard cognition scores after surgery. The connection with cataract surgery and decreased mortality rates may be connected to ability for these individuals to access healthcare in general. However, the exact reasons are the subject of ongoing research.
 

What are cataracts?
   
​Clouding of the natural lens of the eye.
 
Things that make cataracts worse:
Sunlight/UV, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes
 
Things that can reduce cataract formation:
Sunglasses with 400UV protection, foods rich in vitamin E,
Omega-3 fatty acids, and foods with lutein and zeaxanthin
(e.g. spinach and kale)
 
Please make an appointment if you have any questions or
concerns about your vision today!
 
Study:
Tseng VL, Chlebowski RT, Yu F, Cauley JA, Li W, Thomas F, Virnig BA, Coleman AL. Association of Cataract Surgery With Mortality in Older Women Findings from the Women’s Health Initiative. JAMA Ophthalmol.2018;136(1):3–10. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.4512


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