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New Survey Reveals Having Cataracts May Affect Your Emotions More Than You Think


Most people get cataracts at some point in life – it’s a natural part of aging.3 But, did you know that cataracts can take an emotional toll, as you lose the ability to see the rich color and detail of life?


Luckily, there are treatment options available that can correct cataracts and may reduce the need for glasses at the same time. These options not only improve eye health, but also emotional well-being and overall quality of life.


Cataracts are one of the most common eye health conditions associated with aging. Today, more than 24 million Americans age 40 and older have cataracts.[1]

New Survey Reveals Having Cataracts May Affect Your Emotions More Than You Think

To better understand the emotional journey of the condition and the lifestyle benefits of treatment, Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, is releasing results from the annual My Cataracts survey, which gained insights from about 1,300 people age 60 and older who have undergone cataract surgery.


“In a survey last year, we discovered that most people do not fully understand cataracts, even though more than 24 million people in the US are affected by them,” said Jim DiFilippo, Vice President and General Manager, US Surgical, Alcon. “This year, we looked deeper into that knowledge gap to find that many people also don’t realize the real impact and drawbacks cataracts can have on their everyday lives.”


This year’s findings show:

  • Many people surveyed report that cataracts make performing simple day-to-day activities more difficult;
  • Cataracts bring about a range of emotions before and after surgery;
  • There is a disconnect between people’s perception of life before cataract surgery and their experience after; and,  
  • Nearly all the people surveyed would recommend cataract surgery. [2]


Dr. Lawrence Woodard, consultant to Alcon and Medical Director of Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, is an expert on cataracts and educating patients about treatment options. He joined me to share more facts about cataracts and astigmatism, and the emotional impact of the eye health conditions. He also shared treatment options that can take care of cataracts and other eye health conditions like astigmatism at the same time.


Take a look at our chat above.


Make your vision a priority. To learn more, visit mycataracts.com.


 Meet Our Guest

Dr. Lawrence Woodard is a board-certified ophthalmologist who serves as Medical Director of Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. He specializes in cataract surgery and corneal surgery. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine, completed his internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Case Western Reserve University and his residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a founding member of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.


[1] Prevent Blindness. Vision Problems in the U.S. Report. http://www. visionproblemsus.org/cataract. html. Accessed April 2017.

[2] My Cataracts Survey Results. 2017. 


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