Cataracts are a common problem that affects over 24 million people over the age of 40 in America. More than half of all U.S. citizens develop cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.
Do Cataracts Cause Vehicle Accidents?
When people grow older and develop cataracts, it becomes much harder to do the things they used to do. That includes everyday activities like driving. Oxford Academic published a study on September 28th, 2018 that found cataract surgery had a positive impact on the number of seniors involved in car crashes.
The study involved 2,849 drivers age 60 or older in Western Australia. Each had undergone cataract surgery on both eyes and were involved in a vehicular accident as the driver. A total of 1,312 participants were involved in 1,347 accidents during the 12 months before they had cataract surgery. A total of 775 were involved in 850 accidents during the time between their first and second surgeries. And 895 were involved in 916 accidents during the year after their second cataract surgery.
Researchers compared the results and worked in other risk factors to find that there was a 61% reduction in accident risk after the first cataract removal. There was a 23% reduction after the second surgery.
Cataract Removal Reduces Accident Costs
The total cost of all the accidents counted in the study was around $80.5 million AUD (or $57.30 million USD) during the year before the first removal. The total was $60.4 million AUD after the second surgery. The total surgeries cost $5.1 million AUD, which netted a savings of $14.9 million AUD for the community that was credited to participants having their cataracts removed.
If you experience vision changes, contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s ophthalmologists for an appointment. They can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment that will keep you driving safely well into your golden years.