The latest innovation is laser cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is done more than any other operation in America — a million and a half times a year.
Cataracts typically require surgical removal and replacement of the eye’s lens. A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, causing vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or corneal refractive surgery like LASIK.
Most cataracts are associated with the aging process and are common among older Americans. In fact, recent studies have estimated that 20.5 million Americans over age 40 (17 percent) have a cataract in one or both eyes, and more than 6 million in this age group (5 percent) already have had cataract surgery. [Read more…]