The Truth About Cataracts and Cataract Surgery

The Truth About Cataracts and Cataract Surgery

A new AARP-Alcon survey finds many are misinformed about cataract surgery. Here’s the straight scoop if you or a parent is facing the procedure.

Cataract surgery can help restore your vision.

Myth: Cataract surgery is painful.

Fact: It can be uncomfortable but shouldn’t hurt. After sedating you, the doctor will numb your eye, make a small incision through which the cataract can be broken up with ultrasound, and replace the clouded lens with a synthetic one. Four out of five people in the new AARP-Alcon Eye Health Study report that the surgery was easier than they had expected.

Recovery from cataract surgery is quicker than you think.

Myth: I will be able to tell when I need surgery.

Fact: Most people with cataracts don’t realize how cloudy their vision has become. Before surgery, most say cataracts don’t interfere with their daily activities. But after the procedure, 62 percent find they’re enjoying life more. Although the need for surgery tends to peak in those in their 60s and 70s, cataracts can develop much earlier.

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