Cataracts are more common in the adult population than you might think. It’s estimated that more than 60 percent of adults over the age of 80 have cataracts. And if you’re over 50, it is likely that your doctor has started to screen you for cataracts because this is the age when they first start to affect the vision for most people. One of the more obvious benefits of cataract surgery includes being able to see better. And while this is the primary reason why people have cataract surgery, this is not the only benefit that comes from the procedure.
Many people are surprised to hear this. They asked themselves, what other benefits are there from the surgery? To answer that question, think about how a cataract sufferer’s life has changed from the day they first started to develop cataracts to the point where they actually had surgery. Even without knowing it, these individuals made minor changes to the way that they lived their lives. They may have had to change the light bulbs in their home, for example, so that they could read better. Or they may not be able to drive at night. Even though these might seem like minor things, when you add them all together, they represent a drastic decrease in quality of life.
There is a direct link between losing your vision and feeling anxious or depressed. Just think about what it is like to walk around your home at night with the lights off. It is a very familiar surrounding, but since your vision is not as sharp or since your vision is not as clear as it is during the day, you feel some trepidation. This is understandable. The same thing is true when a person starts to develop cataracts. As their world becomes darker, their sense of confidence diminishes, and it is replaced with a feeling of anxiety.
An improved quality of life is a definite benefit from having cataract surgery. You are once again able to do things for yourself, whether it’s something as simple as reading a good book or driving an automobile. You are no longer dependent on other people to get you from point A to point B. You feel more comfortable in social settings. You feel ready to reach out and to try new things.
Cataract surgery offers so many benefits. During a consultation at Live Oak Ophthalmology in Wilmington, you can learn more about how the procedure can benefit you specifically. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!