Cataract surgery is a routine procedure these days. While it’s not uncommon, it can still be intimidating for some of our patients. Most already know that having cataracts removed can improve their vision. However, there are other benefits that you may not have expected. Getting rid of your cataracts can improve your life in other ways.
- You Are Less Likely to Fall
Falls can be very dangerous, especially as we age. Vision loss is a significant contributing factor in falling incidents. For some, a severe fall can be deadly.
A study of Medicare beneficiaries was published in 2012. The data revealed that cataract removal decreased the risk of a hip fracture by 16%. For patients with severe cataracts, the risk was lowered by 23%.
- You Enjoy a Better Quality of Life
Cataract removal can improve your quality of life. Vision is needed to complete many everyday tasks. It can determine a person’s ability to live independently. Those who feel less independent also have a higher risk of becoming socially withdrawn, which can lead to depression.
A 2013 study concluded that people who had cataract surgery experienced a 36% quality of life improvement when compared to those who did not have surgery.
- Cataract Removal Can Help You Live Longer
A long-term study was released in 2013 that found a connection between cataract removal and longevity. People who had the surgery had a 40% reduction in their mortality risk. Being able to see improves your odds of enjoying a longer life.