If you are considering cataract surgery, chances are you’re doing it to improve your vision. Being able to see the things and people around you is invaluable, and many of our patients are excited to live a life independent of glasses. But did you know that cataract surgery can improve more than just your vision?

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts form when the natural lens behind the iris and pupil becomes clouded. This causes a number of visual disturbances, such as blurry, dim vision, glare, sensitivity to light, and more. To put it frankly, they are frustrating to live with.

Cataracts form slowly over time, and many patients don’t realize they have them until they are diagnosed at an eye examination. They don’t cause any pain, but can result in blindness when left untreated.

Cataract Surgery Can Prolong Your Life

Many people put off cataract surgery as long as they can (or forever) because they are afraid of surgery, or because they think they can’t afford it. Here at Loden, we want our patients to live their lives to the fullest. That means getting their cataracts taken care of sooner rather than later. And we have the proof to back it up.

During a recent study, researchers found that not only does cataract surgery improve your vision, it can actually extend your life. Here’s how!

The Study

A 20-year study of 74,044 women aged 65 and older (all of whom had cataracts) found that there was a 60% lower risk of death among the 41,735 women who underwent cataract removal surgery. It was found that those women who underwent cataract surgery had reduced risks of death from pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological and infectious diseases, as well as cancer and accidents.

The findings make sense. When people are able to see, they are more independent and able to better take care of themselves. This means better movement and more exercise. It also means less risk of accidental falls or car crashes. Cataracts have also been linked with depression, so getting them removed may have an impact on mental health as well.

Cataract Surgery at Loden

Here at Loden Vision, we care about the lives and health of our patients. That is why we put so much effort into answering questions and providing resources to those who need them. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and you would like to look into cataract surgery, contact Loden Vision Center in Nashville.

A cataract diagnosis can be discouraging and scary, but don’t let that stop you from getting the medical attention you need. Contact Loden Vision Center at our Nashville office today to schedule your cataract surgery consultation!